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Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 31.00:
Massachusetts Certificate of Mastery

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31.02: Definitions

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam shall mean an examination in subject matter produced by the College Board.

Arts/Humanities shall mean literature, composition, history, social science, foreign language and the arts.

Board shall mean the Massachusetts Board of Education, appointed in accordance with M.G.L. c. 15, § 1E.

Candidate for the Certificate of Mastery shall mean a Student who has met the criteria contained in 603 CMR 31.04.

Certificate of Mastery shall mean an award given to students demonstrating proficiency in English language arts and mathematics and completing coursework necessary for college and career readiness.

Certificate of Mastery with Distinction shall mean an award given to students demonstrating mastery across several content areas including arts/humanities and mathematics/science through performance on MCAS, other achievement tests, and other forms of high academic, literary, or artistic achievement.

College Board is a membership organization made up of high schools and colleges.

Department shall mean the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mathematics/Science shall mean mathematics, science, engineering and computer science.

MCAS shall mean the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, the statewide assessment of individual students' academic performance, as required by M.G.L. c. 69, § 1I.

Other Achievements shall mean recognition of high academic, literary, or artistic accomplishments as validated by activities outside the student's school, other than through standardized tests. The term is further defined in 603 CMR 31.04 (3) (c).

SAT II Exam shall mean an examination in subject matter produced by the College Board under the name SAT II.

Student shall mean a Massachusetts resident who attends secondary school.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 31.00 M.G.L. c. 69, §§ 1B and 1D.

For further information regarding this award, please see the Certificate of Mastery's home page.



Last Updated: February 27, 2007
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