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The goal of the Massachusetts public K-12 and adult education system is to prepare all students for success in life

2021 Summer Learning Opportunities

Acceleration Roadmap — The Acceleration Roadmap is a tool for teachers and school leaders in Massachusetts to support acceleration of student learning in the 2021–22 school year. While all students were impacted last school year, the pandemic exacerbated many existing inequities and opportunity gaps. The Acceleration Roadmap is based on the idea that every student is capable of accessing grade-appropriate work with the right supports and interventions.

Summer Learning Opportunities — Whether students will be entering kindergarten or college, summer 2021 offers the chance to continue learning and growing, both academically and socially. Go to our summer learning opportunities web page and see this flyer to learn about the wide range of grant-funded programs that the state is supporting this summer and how your district or organization can participate.

The state works with local school districts and educators in your community to ensure that learning expectations are high for all students, that each classroom is led by an excellent educator, and that students are learning in a rich educational environment.

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In partnership with public schools and local communities across the state, DESE is committed to creating and supporting innovations that lead all students to success.

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Learning standards

The state, working with Massachusetts educators, establishes learning standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level.

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Student testing

State assessments help educators, parents, and policymakers determine where students are mastering the material and where they need additional help.

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School and program options

Because each student learns differently, we support a variety of school choices and educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.

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School and district turnaround

When underperforming schools and districts aren't improving, we work with districts to better serve students.

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Educator licensure

Massachusetts is looking for inspired, innovative, and nurturing individuals to join our schools.

Education laws, regulations, & guidance

Federal and state education laws, regulations, and guidance and public records requests

Research & best practices

Recent research findings and best practices from Massachusetts schools and resources for district planning

Pathways to graduation and college & career readiness

Information on college and career readiness initiatives

Digital learning & technology

Digital learning and technology policy development; technology planning, readiness, and funding; and virtual schools

Problem Resolution

Problem resolution process for complaints not resolved at the local level, monitoring of public schools and private approved special education schools

Adult education

No-cost basic educational services for adults, including high school equivalency/adult diploma programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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