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.
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Background Paper: Creating A Massachusetts High School Curriculum for College and Career Readiness
Initial Presentation — May 22, 2006
National Lessons (Achieve, Inc.) — May 22, 2006
Defining a High School Course of Study — June 28, 2006
Committee Members — December 12, 2007
Memorandum from Commissioner Riley — June 15, 2018
Last Updated: June 24, 2020