Science and Technology/Engineering
In Massachusetts, science education includes life science, physical science, earth and space science, and technology/ engineering. Science is way of knowing and understanding the natural and designed world.
The science and technology/engineering standards are intended to drive engaging, relevant, rigorous, and coherent instruction that emphasizes student mastery of both disciplinary core ideas (concepts) and application of science and engineering practices (skills) to support student readiness for citizenship, college, and careers.
STE Learning Standards
2016 STE Curriculum Framework — Updated: April 2020
2020 Updates to the STE Frameworks
Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 STE Standards
STE Instructional Resources
Professional Development Resources
Curriculum Planning Tools
||The intention of these documents is to help provide additional guidance around the instruction and content of the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards. The selected standards represent a sample and should not be used as a complete curriculum guide. The standards in these documents were selected based on the new content or frequently asked questions from the field and should not be considered as more important than other standards. This guidance is aligned with the assessment expectations of the next-generation MCAS test based on the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework . The information provided in these documents are not an exhaustive list of what will be assessed on the MCAS test. These documents may be updated as necessary; please refer to the revision dates on the bottom of each document.
Instructional Guidelines: 3rd–5th Grade
Instructional Guidelines: 6th–8th Grade
Instructional Guidelines: High School Biology
Instructional Guidelines: High School Introductory Physics
|Prek-2 Instructional Guidelines
||These guidelines provide guidance for planning, aligning, and implementing curriculum that addresses the Pre-K through grade 2 learning standards.
PreK–K Instructional Guidelines
Grades 1–2 Instructional Guidelines
||The STEM Ambassador partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) supported Massachusetts Math and Science educators to develop high-quality standards aligned tasks grades 4–8 for math and 6–12 for science.
STE Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)
|These MCUs were created by teams of teachers from across the Commonwealth with guidance and support from DESE curriculum and content specialists. All MCUs were developed using the Understanding by Design process and Massachusetts' educators/districts are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own STE units.
What to Look For Observation Guides
Technology and Engineering
|"What to Look For" guides describe what observers can expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in science. 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.
STE Networks and Associations
Contact the STE Team
| Nicole Scola||781-338-3585|
| Hillary Paul Metcalf||781-338-3540|
Last Updated: January 13, 2021