About the Department

Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website! We are committed to preparing all students for success after high school.

The Department's work includes licensing educators, distributing state and federal education money, helping districts implement learning standards, overseeing statewide standardized tests, monitoring schools and districts, and convening districts and individuals to share best practices. In addition, we collect data to inform state and local decisions. If you're interested in education, we invite you to join us in this work.

We welcome your ideas, feedback, and inquiries. Please feel free to send us your comments.

The goal of the Massachusetts public K-12 and adult education system is to prepare all students for success in life. DESE's strategic plan (summary, full report) identifies five core strategies to accelerate our pace of school improvement.

Contact Us

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

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


Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.