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Secondary Support Systems and Resources

DESE provides the following policies, programs, and resources for providing academic and related supports for student success.

MyCAP (My Career & Academic Plan)
CCTE supports districts to prepare students for college, career and civic readiness. The MyCAP process engages grades 6–12 students in authentic postsecondary planning through a continuum of learning focused on the individual student's interests, skills and talents.

School Counseling and College and Career Readiness
The work of school counselors is essential to meet all the Commonwealth's goals for preparing more students to be college and career ready. Part of this work includes a partnership with the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA). Among our goals is to collaborate with MASCA to support and expand the use of the Mass Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in order to repurpose the role of school counselors and position them as a primary resource to lead students in college and career readiness. This partnership is designed around the Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness.

Data-Informed Systems for Student Support
Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS). CCTE supports educators to develop targeted interventions, allowing students to follow a path to success.

Dropout Prevention & Alternative Education
Dropout Prevention and Alternative Education. CCTE works with districts to reduce the number of students who drop out of school takes a combination of systemic efforts at the community, district, school, classroom, and individual student levels.

Last Updated: January 12, 2024

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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


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