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2. What are the technical requirements for using this site? Do I need special software?

This website has been designed to be compatible with common web browsers on both Macintosh OSX and PC computers.

Browser Recommendations:

For optimal use we recommend the following browser unless otherwise noted:

  • Google Chrome 59
  • Firefox 54
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 10

Cookies and JavaScript should be enabled with a screen resolution of 1024 pixels x 768 pixels or higher.

The following applications may have specific browser requirements. We recommend that users consult the following links for more information:

Some portions of this website employ pop-up windows. Pop-up blocker software, may interfere with your navigation of this website and cause unexpected results. We recommend you disable your pop-up stopper software when using the DESE website. Alternately, if your pop-up blocker software allows you to list exceptions by domain, we strongly suggest that you put and in your exceptions list.

We post documents in formats other than HTML. Download PDF Document PDF documents require Acrobat Reader.

We also post the following Microsoft Office formats. If you do not have this software on your computer, you can download FREE viewers from Microsoft.

Download PowerPoint File PowerPoint 2003Download PowerPoint File PowerPoint 2007
Download Word Document Word 2003Download Word Document Word 2007
Download Excel Document Excel 2003Download Excel Document Excel 2007

Other symbology we use:

icon for directions and/or mapdirections and/or map
icon for e-mail address e-mail address
View External Link external link to a page outside DESE's domain
View HTML Page html page
Download Text File plain text file, (txt)
icon for Microsoft Access database Microsoft Access database file, (mdb)
icon for gif image gif image
icon for jpeg image jpeg image
icon for mp3 audio file mp3 audio file
icon for Mp4 videomp4 video
icon for Quicktime Quicktime movie, (mov)
icon for Windows Media Windows Media Video, (wmv)
icon for flash video flash video
Download Zip File zip archive file
icon for executable file executable file, (exe)

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.