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STE Standards Development Process and Materials

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BESE Memo Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards - Discussion and Vote
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Tracked Changes Version of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards Based on Public Comment from October to December 2015
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MA Draft Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards - December 2013
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Proposed Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards - Continuing Discussion September 22, 2015
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Track Changes of Revised STE standards from December 2013 to October 2015
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MA Draft Revised STE Standards for BESE Discussion - September 2015

Additional Resources

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National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
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Next Generation Science Standards Website
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List of Literacy in the Service of Science Resources
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Science and Technology/Engineering Framework Review References - by Category
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Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework Pre-Review Survey Report 2009

Overview of the review process

Phase 1: The first phase of the STE Review Panel's work was the development and presentation of recommendations for revising the framework to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). (See link below in Resources.) Completed.

Phase 2: The second phase focused on rewriting the state learning standards based on the recommendations approved by the BESE. Completed.

Phase 3: The third phase involves interfacing with 26 states and Achieve, Inc., in the development of Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS), with the input and support of various national science education and state organizations. Completed.

Phase 4: The fourth phase is dedicated to completing draft MA STE Standards (based on Phase 3) and seeking public input, both from the field and external organizations with expertise in science and technology/engineering education. Completed.

Anticipated Timeline
ActionAnticipated Timeline
Recruit review panelistsCompleted March 2009
Solicit input to initial public surveyCompleted April 2009
Phase 1: Review panel meetings (develop broad recommendations for changes; direction setting)Completed October 2009
Phase 1: Regional focus groups on progress report (see documents below)Completed December 2009
Phase 1: Progress report presented to the BoardCompleted January 2011
Phase 2: Review panel meetings (revising and reviewing draft standards) Completed April 2013
Phase 3: Interface with other states, Achieve and other science education organizations to develop NGSSCompleted April 2013
Phase 3: Coordinate and solicit public input to NGSS drafts (2)Completed April 2013
Phase 4: Review panel meetings (revising and finalizing draft standards based on NGSS and initial state draft)May 2013 - Fall 2015
Phase 4: Draft revised standards presented to the BESE Completed October 2013
Phase 4: Draft revised standards made publicCompleted December 2013
Phase 4: Final draft of revised standards presented to BESE for public comment and adoptionJanuary 2016
Dissemination of standards; district curriculum adjustment and implementation; MCAS updatedAnticipated Spring 2016

Listing of past events that address revision of STE standards


Please direct inquiries about the STE Framework Review to

STE Framework Review Panel Members

NamePosition and District
Elementary Teachers/Faculty
Judy McClureTeacher, Boston Public Schools
Karen RoseTeacher, Dighton-Rehoboth R.S.D.
Mary Taft, Ph.D.Science Specialist, Hampden-Wilbraham R.S.D.
Teegan von BurnAdministrator, Salem Public Schools
Middle School Teachers/Faculty
Martha CohnAdministrator, Lowell Public Schools
Joan KadarasTeacher, Chelmsford Public Schools
Mark KobelTeacher, Marlborough Public Schools
Shelly PagnottaTeacher, Dedham Public Schools
Stephen van VoorhisTeacher, East Bridgewater Public Schools
High School Teachers/Faculty
Mary Jo Carabatsos, Ph.D.Science Department Head, Brooks School, North Andover
Suzy DrureyTeacher, Newton Public Schools
Rosemary RakRetired Teacher, Taunton Public Schools
Wayne TansonTeacher, Uxbridge Public Schools
William Waller, Ph.D.Teacher, Rockport Public Schools
Coordinators/Department Heads
Karen Blakeslee, Ed.D.Teacher/Department Chair, Masconomet R.S.D
Joseph ClementRetired Academic Division Leader, Beverly Public Schools
Jennifer CraddockTeacher/K-8 Curriculum Coordinator, Newton Public Schools
Anastasia Karasoulos -VekiaridesScience/Health Curriculum Coordinator, Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston
Janet MacNeilK-8 Science/Health Coordinator, Brookline Public Schools
Peter Nassiff, Ph.D.Head of Science, Burlington Public Schools
William RigneyScience and Technology/Engineering Coordinator, Marlborough Public Schools — Retired
Mette Schwartz, Ph.D.Middle School Math/Science Coach, Medway Public Schools
Jonathan ShapiroScience Department Head, Brockton Public Schools
Higher Education
Susan LaneSenior Director of Alignment and Engagement, Dept. of Higher Education
Katherine McNeill, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Boston College
Allison ScheffExecutive Director, STEM, Department of Higher Education
Thomas VaughnAdjunct Professor, Northeastern University
Amy Cannon, Ph.D.Executive Director, Beyond Benign
Jennifer GreshamDirector of Education, Zoo New England
Sandra MayrandDirector, Regional Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School — Retired
Susan ReyesScience Educator, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Yvonne Spicer, Ed.D.Vice President, National Center for Technological Literacy
Jochem Struppe, Ph.D.Senior Applications Scientist, Bruker-Biospin Corp
Benjamin Woznick, Ph.D.Retired Engineer
Former Panelists
Dana Akins-AdeyemiFormerly: Engineering Teacher, Attleboro Public Schools
Catherine Dignam, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Framingham State College
Linda Grisham, Ph.D.Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division, Massachusetts Bay Community College
Pat HarcourtFormerly: Instructor and Coordinator of K-12 Programs and Teacher Training, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Richard Larson, Ph.D.Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barbara MalkasFormerly: Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Pittsfield Public Schools
Robert RichardsonFormerly: Education Program Manager, Intel Corporation
Deanna SuomalaPrincipal, Springfield Public Schools
Mary Taft, Ph.D.Science Specialist, Hampden-Wilbraham R.S.D.
Brian White, Ph.D.Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Kay WhitnerTeacher, Weymouth Public Schools

PreK STE Standards Lead Developers

NamePosition/Title and Affiliation
Chris PondEducation Specialist, Department of Early Education and Care
Jeff WinokurFaulty, Wheelock College
Karen WorthFaculty, Wheelock College

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Advisory Group

NamePosition/Title and Affiliation
John AndersonNew England Aquarium
Betsey CliffordPresident, MAST, Middle Scholl Teacher, Braintree Public Schools
Marissa ColeDeputy Chief of Staff, MA Executive Office of Education
Martha CyrDirector of K-12 Outreach, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Laura DauphinaisDirector, Systems Engineering, Raytheon
Chad d'EntremontExecutive Director, Rennie Center
Scott JewellPresident, MassTEC, High School Teacher, Ipswich Public Schools
Terry KwanBoard Member, MA School Building Authority
Katie MagraneExecutive Director, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
Joyce Malyn-SmithEDC
Michelle MischkeMassBioEd
Pam PelletierDirector of Science, Boston Public Schools
Alice RushforthDirector of Biotech Programs, MassBioEd
Sandi Ryack-BellExecutive Director, Museum Institute for Teaching Science
Susan SanfordPresident/Teacher, TEAM/Worcester Public Schools
Hannah SevianAssociate Professor, UMass, Boston
Ron St. AmandDirector of Science, Springfield Public Schools
Jim StantonMassCAN, EDC
Nick StroudAssistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Mike WelchPrincipal, Framingham High School
Aaron WhittemoreSenior Systems Engineer, Raytheon
Sharlene YangFormerly: Professional Development Director, Museum of Science, Boston
Christos ZahopoulosResearch Professor, Northeastern University

Former NGSS Advisory Group Members

NamePosition/Title and Affiliation
Marissa ColeFormerly: Deputy Chief of Staff, MA Executive Office of Education
Katie MagraneFormerly: Executive Director, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
Jim MegeseyPast President, MSELA, High School Science Chair, Wilmington Public Schools
Alice RushforthFormerly: Director of Biotech Programs, MassBioEd
Susan SanfordFormerly: President/Teacher, TEAM/Worcester Public Schools
Nicole ScolaFormerly: Supervisor of Teacher Services, New England Aquarium

Last Updated: April 21, 2016
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