The Buzz: Revised English Language Arts and Math Standards Approved
On March 28, 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously approved revised learning standards for English language arts and math after more than a year of work by Massachusetts educators and ESE staff. Education Secretary James Peyser praised the process as "inclusive, transparent, and thorough," while Board Chair Paul Sagan described the work as "calm, steady, detailed."
Commissioner Chester said in a press release, "While many people have expressed concerns about the role that the Common Core State Standards played in developing our 2010 standards, I want to make it clear that the 2017 standards are the Commonwealth's own. These revised standards were developed by Massachusetts educators and represent the input of hundreds of the Commonwealth's preK-12 and higher education faculty. I am confident that the standards adopted today will help prepare students for success after high school."
The Department will help districts implement the new standards starting with the 2017-18 school year, and the next-generation MCAS will be aligned to the standards starting in spring 2018. Thank you to everyone who contributed by giving feedback or by serving as a panel member or advisor!