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.

Massachusetts is committed to maintaining the highest quality learning standards in the nation. As a state, we believe that every student should:
- engage with grade appropriate text every day.
- tackle meaningful real world problems every day.
- defend their thinking using scientific data every week.

Massachusetts recently adopted revised learning standards in math and in English language arts and literacy after a year of close collaboration between Massachusetts educators and ESE staff.

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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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