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Office of College, Career and Technical Education

MassCore

Adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2007 and amended in 2018, MassCore is a state-recommended program of study intended to align high school coursework with college and workforce expectations.

The program of studies includes the successful completion of four units of English, four units of mathematics, three units of a lab-based science, three units of history, two units of the same foreign language, one unit of the arts, and five additional "core" courses. A computer science course that includes rigorous mathematical or scientific concepts and aligns with the 2016 Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework can substitute for either a mathematics course or a laboratory science course.

Resources

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Framework
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Additional Learning Opportunities

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Connecting Activities

Background

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Background Paper: Creating A Massachusetts High School Curriculum for College and Career Readiness
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Initial Presentation — May 22, 2006
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National Lessons (Achieve, Inc.) — May 22, 2006
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Defining a High School Course of Study — June 28, 2006
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Committee Members — December 12, 2007
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Memorandum from Commissioner Riley — June 15, 2018
 
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