English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy and Mathematics Standards Review
ESE consulted with PK12 educators, curriculum specialists, and others to identify possible improvements to the Massachusetts ELA/literacy and mathematics standards based on lessons learned during implementation since 2011. A review panel analyzed this stakeholder input and recommended needed changes. On November 29, 2016, BESE voted to solicit public comment on the proposed changes to the standards. Comment will be accepted through February 17, 2017.
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Thank you for your feedback. Public comment is now closed. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the proposed changes and public comments at their March meeting.
In the meantime, read up on the proposed changes:
ELA & Literacy
Quick Reference Guides to the Proposed Changes (two-page summaries)
Grade-by-Grade Lists of the Proposed Changes
Full drafts of proposed Curriculum Framework
Rationale for review of the ELA/literacy and mathematics standards:
Abt Associates, "Final Report: Massachusetts ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks Review"
Massachusetts has been implementing the revised standards for five years now
Massachusetts wants to account for lessons learned since the 2011 adoption
Massachusetts has a unique opportunity to adjust content as we move to an updated assessment system
To articulate evidence-based recommendations for refining the 2011 ELA/literacy and mathematics standards based on lessons learned during implementation over the past five years
Summary of the review process:
Phase 1 FebruaryMay 2016
ESE: Make public survey available; convene panel
Panel: Set context; build common understanding (meeting 1)
ESE: Compile survey responses
Panel: Review public input; make initial recommendations for edits (meeting 2)
ESE: Draft edits based on panel recommendations and public input
Phase 2 JuneSeptember 2016
Panel: Review edits (meetings 3 and 4)
Content Advisors: Review edits
ESE: Make edits in response to panel and content advisor feedback; prepare edits for BESE consideration
Phase 3 October 2016February 2017
BESE: review proposed edits; vote on releasing them for comment; solicit public comment
Panel and ESE: refine edits in response to public comment