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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The Common Core State Standards highlights guidelines for what students should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Curriculum and Learning from the Department of Early Education and Care, provides guidelines and standards to help young children develop a solid foundation for future learning.

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks represent the standards that all Massachusetts students are expected to achieve in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Understanding Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments explains what standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments are, illustrates the relationship between them, and provides links to related resources.

College and Career Readiness

21st Century Skills provides supports for changes in teaching, learning, and leadership needed to prepare students for technological, cultural, economic, informational, and demographic changes.

Future Ready is a public campaign to promote understanding and use of the various tools that advance the college-and-career-readiness of Massachusetts students.

The Office of College and Career Readiness contributes to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's statewide effort to help prepare students for "Success After High School."

Students Who are College and Career Ready presents a portrait of students as they master the Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.

Early Learning

Brain Building in Progress explains how the early interactions and experiences young children have with caring adults build the architecture of the developing brain.

Early Intervention provides family-centered services to help children who qualify develop the skills they need to grow into happy and healthy community members.

Reading Rockets brings quality research-based strategies to teachers, parents, librarians, childcare providers, and others involved in helping children become strong confident readers.

Start with a Book offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff, and librarians engaging ideas for getting kids reading during the summer and year-round.

English Language Learners

Colorin Colorado provides quality research-based information, activities, and advice to educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12.

Shifts for Students and Parents contains practical guides, in multiple languages, with sample student work and steps parents can take to improve their children's learning.

The Importance of Home Language Series provides educators and families with easy-to-read information, in multiple languages, on topics related to children learning two or more languages.

The Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center provides information, in multiple languages, on Helping Young Children Learn Two Languages, Immigrant Student Rights, and Rights of English Language Learners.

Health and Nutrition

CDC Nutrition supports an extensive collection of public health strategies and programs that improve dietary quality, support healthy child development, and reduce chronic disease.

MyPlate uses the new MyPlate icon and nutrition information on the MyPlate website to help consumers make healthier food choices.

KidsHealth is a popular website for children's health and development. In the Parents area, there are links to features created for kids and teens.

Let's Move helps put children on the path to a healthy future by giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices.

Out of School Time

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence offers hundreds of teaching and learning resources including historical documents, scientific experiments, mathematical challenges, and famous paintings from over 35 federal agencies.

Great Websites for Kids highlights quality websites for children birth to age 14. A link to sites for parents, caregivers, and teachers is also provided.

Homework Tips for Parents from the U.S. Department of Education, is a resource families can use at home, volunteering in school, or tutoring in the community.

Massachusetts Libraries offers a guide to Massachusetts library resources. From early learning programs to reading recommendations to summer reading programs, there's something for everyone.


CDC Safety in the Home and Community for Elementary Students and CDC Safety in the Home and Community for Teens help families keep children safe by providing information and tools to protect their children from injuries and violence.

One Tough Job provides high-quality parenting information, ideas, and resources including a bridge to connect parents who asked the same questions and faced similar challenges.

Net Smartz provides age-appropriate resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

National School Safety Center contains an extensive collection of resources to support the prevention of school crime and violence and maintain safe schools.

Special Education

A Parent's Guide to Special Education is a resource for parents that contains the most current and accurate information available regarding the special education system in Massachusetts.

Early Intervention provides family-centered services to help children who qualify develop the skills they need to grow into happy and healthy community members.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.

Parent Information contains links to information on Special Education / IDEA, Section 504 / ADA, Massachusetts Organizations/Resources, and National Organizations/Resources.

Last Updated: March 29, 2017
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