DESE Website Policies
Website Accessibility Statement
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to achieving meaningful accessibility to this online environment for all users, but most particularly for users with disabilities. We follow specific Commonwealth Enterprise Standards designed to meet the needs of our citizens with disabilities. The Commonwealth enterprise standards are generally based on standards used by the Federal government for technology accessibility for people with disabilities, and web content accessibility guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information about the Federal standards, please visit the Section 508 website or the Federal Access Board website.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website is regularly tested using leading web accessibility technologies and reviewed by users to verify that this website is compliant with applicable standards.
About Portable Document Format
Some documents on this website are produced in Portable Document Format (PDF). We produce PDF files using the latest version of Acrobat (file conversion software for PDFs), which is the most accessible technology currently available for these types of files. In order to improve viewing of these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader?, which is available for free at the Adobe website.
However, recognizing that even this version does not always work for all users, alternative accessible formats are provided wherever possible, most commonly through a Microsoft Word file. more about PDF >
If any file format prevents you from accessing the information, please contact us for assistance. In order to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please note the nature of your accessibility concern, the format in which you prefer to receive the material, the web page address of the requested material, and the best way to contact you.
We also welcome your questions about this accessibility statement and comments on how to improve the site's accessibility. Please contact us by email at EOEwebservices@doe.mass.edu.
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