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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Science and Technology/Engineering

In Massachusetts, science education includes life science, physical science, earth and space science, and technology/ engineering. Science is way of knowing and understanding the natural and designed world.

The science and technology/engineering standards are intended to drive engaging, relevant, rigorous, and coherent instruction that emphasizes student mastery of both disciplinary core ideas (concepts) and application of science and engineering practices (skills) to support student readiness for citizenship, college, and careers.

STE Learning Standards

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2016 STE Curriculum Framework (click to view a section of the Framework)
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Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 STE Standards

STE Instructional Resources

  • Professional Development Resources

  • Curriculum Planning Tools

  • Classroom Resources

    Instructional Guidelines The intention of these documents is to help provide additional guidance around the instruction and content of the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards. The selected standards represent a sample and should not be used as a complete curriculum guide. The standards in these documents were selected based on the new content or frequently asked questions from the field and should not be considered as more important than other standards. This guidance is aligned with the assessment expectations of the next-generation MCAS test based on the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework . The information provided in these documents are not an exhaustive list of what will be assessed on the MCAS test. These documents may be updated as necessary; please refer to the revision dates on the bottom of each document.
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    Instructional Guidelines: 3rd–5th Grade
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    Instructional Guidelines: 6th–8th Grade
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    Instructional Guidelines: High School Biology
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    Instructional Guidelines: High School Introductory Physics

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    STE Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)
    These MCUs were created by teams of teachers from across the Commonwealth with guidance and support from DESE curriculum and content specialists. All MCUs were developed using the Understanding by Design process and Massachusetts' educators/districts are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own STE units.
    What to Look For Observation Guides
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    Grade K
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    Grade 1
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    Grade 2
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    Grade 3
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    Grade 4
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    Grade 5
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    Grade 6
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    Grade 7
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    Grade 8
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    Biology
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    Chemistry
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    Earth Science
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    Physics
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    Technology and Engineering
    "What to Look For" guides describe what observers can expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in science. The front page outlines content and skills from grade level standards that students will be learning in the classroom. The back page outlines key features related to the MA teacher rubric to use as a guide for collecting evidence in planning and instruction.

  • STE Networks and Associations

  • Grant Opportunities

Contact the STE Team

NamePhone Number
Nicole Scola781-338-3585
Hillary Paul Metcalf781-338-3540


Last Updated: April 16, 2019
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