Mass. students are #1 in the nation and at the top internationally

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Since the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act established high learning standards and school accountability, students have made steady gains in academic achievement and graduation rates.

Our students are #1 in the nation in reading and math on the national NAEP assessment and number #1 in the world in reading and #2 in science on the international PISA test.

To showcase the academic and creative success of our students, Massachusetts schools and communities are gearing up for a statewide celebration in 2018.

Learn more about the Leading the Nation campaign and be a part of the excitement!

The state works with local school districts and educators in your community to ensure that learning expectations are high for all students, that each classroom is led by an excellent educator, and that students are learning in a rich educational environment.

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Learning standards

The state, working with Massachusetts educators, establishes learning standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level.

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Student testing

State assessments help educators, parents, and policymakers determine where students are mastering the material and where they need additional help.

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School and program options

Because each student learns differently, we support a variety of school choices and educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.

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School and district turnaround

When underperforming schools and districts aren't improving, we work with districts to better serve students.

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School and district data

The Department collects a wide range of data to help improve teaching and learning in Massachusetts schools.

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Become an aMAzing educator

Massachusetts is looking for inspired, innovative, and nurturing individuals to join our schools.

Education laws, regulations, & guidance

Federal and state education laws, regulations, and guidance and public records requests

Research & best practices

Recent research findings and best practices from Massachusetts schools and resources for district planning

Pathways to graduation and college & career readiness

Information on college and career readiness initiatives

Digital learning & technology

Digital learning and technology policy development; technology planning, readiness, and funding; and virtual schools

School monitoring & resolutions

Problem resolution process for complaints not resolved at the local level, monitoring of public schools and private approved special education schools

Adult education

No-cost basic educational services for adults, including high school equivalency/adult diploma programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
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