As a result of the passage of the Valor Act of 2012, Massachusetts became a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission or MIC3. In accordance with the Valor Act and MIC3, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to provide support and assistance to the students of active duty military families. We work to ensure the timely enrollment and graduation of this mobile population.
Christine Cowen, Military Connected Student Specialist
Educational Stability Team, Office of Student and Family Support
Phone Number: 781-338-6301
Amendment to Massachusetts Military Connected Students based on an Act Relative to Military Spouse-Licensure Portability, Education and Enrollment of Dependents  — Remote Registration and Purple Star Designation
Massachusetts Competency Determination Graduation Policy for High School Students in Military Families
Request to Submit Alternative Evidence for High School Students in a Military Family to Earn a Competency Determination form
The Annual Purple Star Award Designation will be given to Massachusetts public schools who show a strong commitment to supporting military-connected students and their families. The Department will designate a school with a Purple Star Award that meets the criteria outlined below. Schools that earn the designation will receive a Purple Star Award recognition letter to display on site. The initial designation is awarded for a three-year cycle, upon which the school can complete a renewal application for the next cycle.
The application windows to become a Class of 2024 Purple Star Award school are as follows.
Round two: Applications will be accepted starting on or around December 11, 2023 until Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Awards will be announced tentatively in April 2024.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:30 Register Here
Monday, December 11, 2023 from 11:00 to 12:30 Register Here
This webinar will review the application and award process, as well as provide detailed information based on the criteria listed below.
Informational Webinar Slides
Criteria to be submitted for initial and renewal applications is as follows:
Offering free monthly Compact 101 training sessions on Zoom. To register go to the MIC3 Events Calendar
Guide for Parents, School Officials and Public Administrators
Purple Up for the Military Child! — Flier to Promote the Month of the Military Child (April)
The Field Guide to the Military Teen
Last Updated: November 16, 2023
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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