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Learning Standards

Learning Standards

The state works closely with educators to establish learning standards and curriculum frameworks that clearly demonstrate what our students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Massachusetts sets high expectations for all students regardless of the school district they live in—and local educators use learning standards and state assessments to inform their instruction to support the individual learning styles of each student.

Learning standards are not classroom curriculum. Curriculum lesson plans, books, materials, and other resources are all selected locally by the school district or by individual teachers.

To support standards-based learning, we believe that every student should engage:

  • with grade-appropriate text every day
  • with meaningful real-world problems every day
  • in scientific conversations using data every week

…in a school environment that supports social-emotional learning, health, and safety.

Contact Us

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

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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