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Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Website

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is committed to preparing all students for success in the world that awaits them after high school. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, community leader, taxpayer, or other stakeholder interested in education, we invite you to join us in this endeavor.

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ESE Strategic Plan Summary (November 2016)

We are guided by this mission...

"To strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps."

And by these strategies…

  • Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Improve educator effectiveness
  • Support social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  • Turn around the lowest performing districts and schools
  • Use data and technology to support student performance

ESE's website provides a wealth of information related to our mission and goals. In addition, you will find tools, best practices, research reports, laws and regulations, data displays, and numerous other resources. We update the information on our website regularly and welcome your feedback. We hope this website will be a helpful resource to you.

Mitchell D. Chester, Ed. D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Presentations and Reports

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The Year Ahead 2016-2017
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2016 Back-to-School Basics for Parents
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A Message from Commissioner Chester about Statewide Assessments
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Building on 20 Years of Massachusetts Education Reform

Public Records Pilot

In order to improve access to public information and customer service, specific program units in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are piloting a web-based program for processing and responding to requests for public records. 



Last Updated: December 1, 2016
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