Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 31.00:
Massachusetts Certificate of Mastery and State Seal of Biliteracy

Section:

  • 31.01: Scope and Purposes
  • 31.02: Definitions
  • 31.03: Criteria for the Certificate of Mastery
  • 31.04: Criteria for Candidacy for the Certificate of Mastery
  • 31.05: Criteria for the Certificate of Mastery with Distinction
  • 31.06: Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Award
  • 31.07: Criteria for the State Seal of Biliteracy
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Most recently amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 26, 2018


31.03: Criteria for the Certificate of Mastery

Beginning with the students in the Class of 2009, to be eligible for a Certificate of Mastery, a student must earn a competency determination and:

(a) Achieve a scaled score of at least 240 or its equivalent on the grade 10 English Language Arts and Mathematics MCAS by February 1st of the year in which the student graduates. Alternate tests and equivalent scores may be determined by the Department in guidelines on the Certificate of Mastery.

(b) Complete high school with a grade point average equal to or greater than any minimum grade point average established by the Department in guidelines for the Certificate of Mastery.

(c) Achieve the passing standard on any test identified by the Department to establish proficiency in Algebra II or more advanced mathematics.

(d) Demonstrate proficiency in writing through an assessment identified for this purpose by the Department.

(e) Meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Complete a high school curriculum designed to prepare students for college and career readiness, consistent with any standards established by the Board.

  2. Earn a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency, under the requirements found in 603 CMR 4.14(2)

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

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


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