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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

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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 ESE 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

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Nicole Scola781-338-3585


Last Updated: February 22, 2018
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