Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to institute learning standards that outline what all students are expected to know and be able to do in each subject area and grade level.
These standards aren't classroom curriculum. Curriculum—lesson plans, books, materials, and other resources—are all selected locally by the school district, school, or individual teachers.
To find out how well students understand what is being taught, educators give students local and state tests. School districts and teachers use test results to identify areas where students need more help and where teachers should adjust the curriculum or their instruction to help students reach high expectations.
Each student learns differently, so the state supports a variety of educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.