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For Families

Educational Vision: The Learning Experience

As part of DESE's Educational Vision, we are committed to providing learning environments where all students in Massachusetts, particularly students from historically underserved groups and communities, will have equitable opportunities to excel in all content areas across all grades. Culturally and linguistically sustaining classroom and school practices will support students to thrive by creating affirming environments where students have a sense of belonging, engage in deeper learning and are held to high expectations with targeted support.

Family Guides

These guides to the Massachusetts learning standards help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade in English Language Arts and literacy, mathematics, science and technology/engineering, and history and social science. Designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning, the guides are available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Promotional materials advertising these resources are also available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Standards-Based Learning Videos

The following videos illustrate standards-based learning. They provide an overview of how educators are approaching standards-based learning in different content areas and grades. We encourage you to share them with members of your educational community.

Elementary English Language Arts and Literacy

Elementary Science and Technology/Engineering

Elementary Mathematics

Secondary English Language Arts and Literacy

Secondary Science and Technology/Engineering

Secondary Mathematics

Last Updated: January 8, 2024

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