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Center for Instructional Support

Humanities, History, and Social Science


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The Office of the Humanities, History, and Social Science assists educators, school administrators, students and parents through the following activities:

  • serving as the lead agency in the development of a number of the Curriculum Frameworks, including the Arts, English Language Arts, Foreign Languages, and History and Social Science;

  • developing MCAS tests in English language arts and history/social science;

  • sponsoring initiatives that promote quality educational programming, including one or two day professional development programs throughout the school year and intensive week long seminars in the summer that have follow-up sessions during the school year;

  • providing technical assistance to school personnel, students, and parents as requested;

  • managing the Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Program, a program that recognizes students' academic achievement by rewarding high achieving students with a tuition waiver at Massachusetts' public colleges and universities;

  • securing the funding and managing the Advanced Placement Exam Fee Subsidy program --- a program that provides financial relief for income-eligible students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams;

  • leading the Writing Performance Standards Project --- a project that is engaged in defining what constitutes high quality writing;

  • leading Student Government Day, a program in which high school students learn about how state government works during a day at the Massachusetts State House;

  • providing a home for the programs sponsored by the Embassies of Spain and Portugal that promote the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese in Massachusetts schools;

  • providing guidance for the Board of Education's Advisory Committees on Arts Education, Gifted and Talented Education, Global Education, and Racial Imbalance.

English Language Arts Resources

Last Updated: October 18, 2017
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