In Massachusetts, mathematics education builds students' understanding and skills through active engagement in meaningful mathematics. The content and practice standards included in the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework focus on developing students in the following areas:
2017 Mathematics Curriculum Framework (click to view a section of the Framework)
Highlights: 2017 Revisions to the Mathematics Standards
Statewide Mathematics Assessments (MCAS)
Climbing Measurement Mountain
Path to Proportional Success Infographic
STEM Ambassador Program
Mathematics Networks and Associations — coming soon
Middle Grades Math Virtual Book Study
Slides Supporting Implementation of the 2017 Frameworks
SEL and Math
Making Connections: Pre-K – 3 Content Standards for Mathematical Practice 2 and 7
Curriculum Frameworks Key Shifts: Mathematical Rigor in Pre-k – 5
General PD Planning GuidanceThis site is a resource for professional development leaders to support the development of high quality professional development. It includes case studies and tools to support professional development planning and assessment.
Architecture for Proportional ReasoningThis professional development suite from the DESE Developing Proportional Reasoning Project is designed to help math educators, leaders, curriculum planners, and others become familiar with the progression of proportional reasoning development in the pathway from PreK to High School. This suite of tools will support math educators in providing all students, including English learners (ELs), students with learning disabilities, struggling students, as well as students below, at, and above grade level with access to mathematics specified in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework. In the past year, while school and district leaders, educators, students, and families have demonstrated ingenuity and perseverance, students across grades K–12 did not receive typical mathematics instruction. With this suite of tools, math educators can prepare for student reentry and can provide all students, at all levels, with the opportunity to learn the mathematics they need for college readiness, career readiness, and good world citizenship.
Grade-by-Grade Explanations: 2017 Revisions to the Mathematics Standards
Quick Reference Guide: Making Decisions about Secondary Course Sequences
Quick Reference Guide: Common Addition and Subtraction Situations
Quick Reference Guide: Common Multiplication and Division Situations
Quick Reference Guide: Fractions Learning Progression in Grades 3-5
Quick Reference Guide: Standard Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction
Quick Reference Guide: Standard Algorithms for Multiplication and Division
Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Pre-K-2
Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Grades 3-5
Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Grades 6-8
Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - High School
"What to Look For" guides describe what observers can expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in math. The front page outlines content and skills from grade level standards that students will be learning in the classroom. The back page outlines key features related to the MA teacher rubric to use as a guide for collecting evidence in planning and instruction.
Last Updated: October 4, 2022
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.