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2024
07/15/2024 View HTML Page  Partnership for Reading Success - Massachusetts (PRISM) grant available now!
07/11/2024 View HTML Page  OASES Cohort 2 - CHAMP Training for 24-25
07/11/2024 View HTML Page  Koplik Certificate of Mastery Coordinator Training
07/08/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: July 2024
07/01/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Highlights First Year Successes of State-funded Universal Free School Meals
06/27/2024 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management June Update
06/26/2024 View HTML Page  Center for Instructional Support Program Offerings 2024-25
06/25/2024 View External Link  Final FY24 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment
06/21/2024 View HTML Page  Summer 2024 Checklist for Special Education Leaders
06/18/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update June 18, 2024
06/18/2024 View HTML Page  Fund Code (FC) 0335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant — Due July 12, 2024
06/11/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Nearly $15 Million in Skills Capital Grants
06/10/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: June 2024
06/07/2024 Download Word Document  MCAS-Alt Newsletter, June 2024
06/07/2024 View External Link  June 2024 STEM Newsletter
06/05/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards $1.2 Million for Early Literacy Materials and Professional Development
06/04/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update June 4, 2024
06/04/2024 View HTML Page  Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (S-EBT) Program for Summer 2024
06/03/2024 View HTML Page  Title I Data Collection
06/03/2024 View HTML Page  Extension of DESE's ESSER Administrative Funds — Public Notice
06/03/2024 View External Link  REGISTER NOW for the Early Childhood Coordinators Administrative Leadership Institute and Community of Practice for 2024-2025
06/03/2024 View HTML Page  Special Education FY25 Conditions of Assistance
05/31/2024 View HTML Page  Worcester and Amherst Civics Showcases This Week
05/31/2024 View HTML Page  Learn more and apply for the Experienced Special Education Directors Leadership Institute
05/29/2024 View HTML Page  Investigating History Background Brief Available for Human Origins
05/29/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards $1.5 Million in Grants to Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Exclusionary Time-Out Rooms in K-12 Education Settings
05/28/2024 View HTML Page  2024-2025 Significant Expansion Data Submission Memorandum and Instructions, Submission Deadline Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
05/24/2024 View HTML Page  Upcoming Charter School Deadlines
05/23/2024 View HTML Page  Foundational Skills Progressions Available for Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
05/21/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update May 21, 2024
05/17/2024 View HTML Page  Massachusetts Civics Project Showcases Kick Off May 28!
05/17/2024 View HTML Page  RFPs for FY25 Perkins Grants Now Available — Apply Now in GEM$
05/17/2024 View HTML Page  Join the Arts Education Advisory Council, applications due June 28th
05/15/2024 View External Link  EL Assessment Update: Release of ACCESS for ELLs Test Results - Corrected
05/14/2024 View HTML Page  Indicator 14: Post-School Outcomes Data Collection
05/10/2024 View External Link  Investigating History Grades 3-4 Pilot Applications due Friday, May 17
05/10/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: May 2024
05/10/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Honors Massachusetts Educators at Annual Celebration
05/08/2024 View External Link  EL Assessment Update: Release of ACCESS for ELLs Test Results
05/08/2024 View HTML Page  FY24 SFSP Operational Questions and Answers
05/08/2024 View HTML Page  Seeking New Members for the English Learners/Bilingual Education Advisory Council
05/07/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update May 7, 2024
05/06/2024 View HTML Page  School Year 2024-2025 USDA Foods Warehouse Contract Award
05/06/2024 View External Link  May 2024 STEM Newsletter
05/01/2024 View HTML Page  Regional Centers for Emergency License Support - Educator Effectiveness
04/30/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Launches Regional Licensure Assistance Centers to Support Educator Workforce
04/29/2024 View HTML Page  Notification to the Community on the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
04/26/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update April 26, 2024, Special Edition
04/23/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update April 23, 2024
04/19/2024 View HTML Page  MoGEA MTEL Alternative Assessment remains available to Massachusetts Candidates
04/17/2024 View HTML Page  Educational Stability Orientation Sessions 2024-25
04/17/2024 Download Word Document  2023-2024 Networking & Professional Development Series for Elementary School Principals and Early Childhood Coordinators
04/16/2024 View HTML Page  Information about Future Teacher Signing Days
04/12/2024 View HTML Page  Projected FY25 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment
04/12/2024 View HTML Page  New ELAR to launch on May 2nd
04/11/2024 View HTML Page  Volunteer as a Community Advisor at a Civics Project Showcase! Register by May 19
04/11/2024 View HTML Page  Volunteer as a Community Advisor at a Civics Project Showcase! Register by May 19
04/11/2024 View External Link  April 2024 STEM Newsletter
04/09/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update April 9, 2024
04/09/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: April 2024
04/05/2024 View HTML Page  Updated Special Education Procedures for PRS, PSM, and OASES.
04/05/2024 View HTML Page  Updated Special Education Procedures for the Problem Resolution Systems Office (PRS) and Public School Monitoring Office (PSM)
04/05/2024 View HTML Page  Monthly ELE Policy Changes Office Hour
04/04/2024 View HTML Page  ESSER FY23 Data Collection
04/04/2024 Download Word Document  2024-2025 Pre-Enrollment Data Submission Memorandum and Instructions
04/03/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards New Innovation Career Pathways to 36 High Schools
04/02/2024 View HTML Page  Inclement Weather Notice
04/02/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE More than 300 Students to Participate in Student Government Day 2024
04/02/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update April 2, 2024, Special Edition
04/01/2024 View External Link  2024-2025 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Report
04/01/2024 View HTML Page  Special Education Policy and Procedure Memo SY 2023-2024 — 3: IDEA Equitable Services Child Count Reporting Requirements.
03/29/2024 View HTML Page  OASES Cohort 1 - CHAMP Training for 24-25
03/27/2024 Download Word Document  Q&A for Civics Teaching and Learning Grant (FC589)
03/27/2024 View HTML Page  Changes to the IEP Forms Crosswalk
03/27/2024 View HTML Page  Indicator 7 Data Entry/ECOS Database Webinar
03/26/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update March 26, 2024
03/22/2024 View HTML Page  Notice of Public Comment on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Annual State Application. The deadline for submission of public comment is April 22, 2024.
03/22/2024 View HTML Page  Preliminary FY24 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment
03/21/2024 View HTML Page  24-25 Indicator Collection in CHAMP system
03/19/2024 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management March Update
03/15/2024 View HTML Page  EL Assessment Update: ACCESS for ELLs Important Reminders
03/13/2024 View HTML Page  Civics Teaching and Learning Grant for School Year 24-25 Now Available!
03/12/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Three New Early College Programs
03/12/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update March 12, 2024
03/12/2024 View HTML Page  For Public Comment: New Perkins State Plan
03/11/2024 View HTML Page  Massachusetts Civics Showcases — Registration is Open!
03/11/2024 View HTML Page  Civics Teaching and Learning Grant for School Year 24-25 Now Available!
03/11/2024 View External Link  March 2024 STEM Newsletter
03/11/2024 View External Link  Opportunity to Apply: Now recruiting districts and district teams for the High School Science HQIM Leadership Academy. Learn more and apply at HQIM Leadership Academy Application
03/06/2024 Download Word Document  Newly Released 2024 Guidance on English Learner Education Services and Programming
03/06/2024 View HTML Page  Integrated Monitoring – Civil Rights Training Sessions
03/01/2024 View HTML Page  2024 Spring PD Provider Registry Application
03/01/2024 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management February Update
02/27/2024 View HTML Page  Northeast Food for School Grant Extension and Reallocation
02/27/2024 View HTML Page  Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program School Year 2024-2025
02/27/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update February 27, 2024
02/22/2024 Download Word Document  New needs assessment to assist districts in welcoming and providing instruction for newcomer students.
02/20/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Massachusetts Graduates Lead Nation in Advanced Placement Success
02/16/2024 View External Link  FY2025 Pre-Enroll NSS Cap Guidance for Districts
02/15/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Announces He Will Step Down Next Month
02/13/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update February 13, 2024
02/13/2024 View HTML Page  Save the Date: Spring 2024 Federal Grants Conference
02/12/2024 View HTML Page  Emergency Extension Applications — both "old" and "new" Emergency Licenses
02/12/2024 View HTML Page  EL Assessment Update: ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window Extension
02/08/2024 View HTML Page  Spring 2024 Regional Networking Meetings
02/07/2024 View HTML Page  School Year 2024-2025 USDA Foods Ordering & Commitment Forms
02/07/2024 View HTML Page  Spring 2024 MCAS Test Administration Manuals
02/07/2024 Download PDF Document  Release of November 2023 MCAS Retest Information
02/05/2024 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management January Update
02/05/2024 View External Link  February 2024 STEM Newsletter
02/05/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: February 2024
02/05/2024 View HTML Page  School and district registration is now open for our spring Civics Project Showcases! Learn more.
02/05/2024 View HTML Page  New Federal Competitive Special Education Program Grant Now Available, Fund Code 213: Implementing Strategies to Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Time-Out Rooms. Applications due on or before 20 February 2024.
02/05/2024 View HTML Page  2024 Claim Form Reporting
02/05/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey Driscoll Administration Celebrates Literacy Launch Initiative
02/01/2024 View HTML Page  Allowable and Indirect Costs
02/01/2024 View HTML Page  Title III Immigrant Grant Orientation Webinar
01/31/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Massachusetts Prepares for Summer Eats Meals Program
01/30/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update January 30, 2024
01/30/2024 View HTML Page  Register for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) annual conference: Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Visions of Collaboration Conference on March 24, 2024.
01/26/2024 View HTML Page  EL Assessment Update: ACCESS for ELLs Important Reminders
01/24/2024 View HTML Page  ELE Policy Changes Webinar
01/24/2024 View HTML Page  Projected FY25 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment
01/22/2024 View HTML Page  New funding available for Investigating History
01/22/2024 View HTML Page  Appleseeds adoption and decodable readers — grant now available
01/19/2024 View HTML Page  Please Note: The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway Everett MA 02149. Any grant related items. including Final Reports (FR-1s) and grant return checks, should be sent to our new location.
01/16/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update January 16, 2024
01/12/2024 View External Link  January 2024 STEM Newsletter
01/12/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE DESE Celebrates Early College Program with Statewide Student Summit
01/11/2024 View HTML Page  Census Estimates used to Determine Title I Funding for SY2024-25 (Fiscal year 2025)
01/11/2024 View HTML Page  Memo: Release of Census Estimates used to Determine Title I Funding for FY25
01/10/2024 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Massachusetts Launches Campaign Highlighting the Importance of School Attendance
01/09/2024 View HTML Page  Reminder: Register Now for New IEP Virtual Training of Trainers (TOT)
01/08/2024 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: January 2024
01/05/2024 View HTML Page  Statewide Legal Holidays; Accommodation for Religious Observances
01/05/2024 View HTML Page  School Fire Reporting Law Memo
01/03/2024 View External Link  Student Assessment Update January 3, 2024
2023
12/28/2023 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management December Update
12/27/2023 View HTML Page  Preliminary FY24 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment
12/22/2023 View HTML Page  Request for Public Comment on Updated Special Education Procedures
12/20/2023 View HTML Page  Update on score report delays for Middle School Humanities (76)
12/19/2023 View HTML Page  Licensure Welcome Center closed between Monday, December 18th – Friday, January 5th
12/15/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update December 15, 2023, Special Edition
12/13/2023 View HTML Page  Notice — Important PAL Updates and Timeline
12/12/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update December 12, 2023
12/11/2023 View HTML Page  IEP Training Invitation
12/08/2023 View HTML Page  Update to FY2024: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B (IDEA) Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Fund Code: 0274
12/07/2023 View HTML Page  VOCAL webinar
12/07/2023 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: December 2023
12/05/2023 View External Link  STEM December 2023 Newsletter
12/05/2023 View HTML Page  Indicators for the 24-25 Integrated Monitoring Cohort
12/04/2023 Download Word Document  Participation Guidelines for the 2024 High School Science Tests — December 4, 2023
12/01/2023 View HTML Page  Hybrid Public Hearing Guidelines for All Attendees and Speakers, Virtual Speaker Signup, and Zoom Join Link
12/01/2023 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management November Update
12/01/2023 View HTML Page  A First Look at Early Reading Performance in Massachusetts
11/28/2023 View External Link  The Real Deal on Fentanyl: A campaign to educate young people on the dangers of fentanyl and the lifesaving effects of naloxone (from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Ad Council).
11/28/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update November 28, 2023
11/27/2023 View HTML Page  New! Free MTEL Test Prep Course Available
11/27/2023 View HTML Page  Investing in School Nutrition Programs
11/21/2023 View HTML Page  EL Assessment Update: Preparation for Testing
11/21/2023 Download Word Document  FY24/FY25 Genocide Education Grant Q&A
11/20/2023 View External Link  MA Dyslexia Institute – Application Due 12/15/23
11/17/2023 View HTML Page  New MTEL-Flexes for Mathematics (Middle School)(65) and Mathematics (Secondary)(63) coming soon
11/14/2023 Download Word Document  School Behavioral Threat Assessments: An Introduction, a Train-the-Educator 4-hour Virtual Training, offered by REMS & DESE -Register for December 13 or 14, 2023
11/14/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update November 14, 2023
11/13/2023 View HTML Page  Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards to Special Education (also referred to as "Parents Rights")- linked resources have been updated in all languages. Additionally, Polish and Ukrainian versions now available.
11/13/2023 View HTML Page  Update to FY2024: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B (IDEA) Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Fund Code: 0274
11/09/2023 View HTML Page  Charter Amendment Requests Pending Board Action (Districts Specified in Charter Region, Grades Served, and a Charter Consolidation)
11/08/2023 View HTML Page  Notice of Intent to Apply and Opportunity to Comment on the Department's Waiver Extension Request Related to the Percentage of Students Who Participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment
11/07/2023 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: November 2023
11/07/2023 View HTML Page  Comments Sought on Proposed Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School, Public Hearing Scheduled
11/06/2023 View External Link  STEM November 2023 Newsletter
11/03/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces 2024 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
10/31/2023 View HTML Page  Mass Literacy Online Overview Course now available — free!
10/31/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update October 31, 2023
10/30/2023 View HTML Page  OLA Leadership Network Meetings
10/27/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $570,000 Grant Opportunity for Nutritious Food Access and Education During Farm to School Month
10/27/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $570,000 Grant Opportunity for Nutritious Food Access and Education During Farm to School Month
10/24/2023 Download Word Document  MA Literacy Institute FC 583-2 questions and responses
10/24/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update October 24, 2023, Special Edition
10/24/2023 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management October Update
10/24/2023 View HTML Page  Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Request for Proposal (RFP)/Contract and Renewal Template
10/23/2023 View External Link  FY2024: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B (IDEA) Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Fund Code: 0274- Now available in GEM$
10/23/2023 View HTML Page  FY2024: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B (IDEA) Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Fund Code: 0274
10/20/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Diman Principal and Plymouth Teacher Receive $25,000 Milken Awards
10/19/2023 View External Link  September Curriculum Directors Newsletter
10/17/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update October 17, 2023
10/13/2023 Download PDF Document  Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guidance
10/13/2023 View HTML Page  Please visit the IEP Improvement webpage! Additional resources related to the updated IEP form and Training of Trainers session have been posted.
10/13/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Healey-Driscoll Administration Launches Education-to-Career Research and Data Hub
10/12/2023 View External Link  Office of Literacy and Humanities Newsletter: October 2023
10/05/2023 View HTML Page  DESE Anticipates in Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (FY2025) a Combined Afterschool and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) & Summer Development & Expansion Grant Opportunity — State Funds (FY2025 & Beyond)
10/04/2023 View HTML Page  The Department seeks a vendor to provide teacher preparation and in-service professional development (PD) to increase the number of MA educators licensed as teachers of Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing — American Sign Language/Total Communication.
10/04/2023 View External Link  October 2023 STEM Newsletter
10/03/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update October 3, 2023
09/28/2023 Download Word Document  Application for FY24 Public School Military Mitigation funds
09/26/2023 Download Word Document  Enrolling and Supporting Newcomer Students in Massachusetts Schools & Districts Frequently Asked Questions
09/26/2023 View HTML Page  Parent New IEP Form Information Letter template, in sixteen languages, now available for School use
09/22/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELESE Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Planning Grants to 31 High Schools to Expand Innovation Career Pathways, 6 High Schools Preparing Brand New Clean Energy Pilot
09/20/2023 Download Word Document  FY2024 Grants Management September Update
09/19/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE New Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework Receives Unanimous Approval
09/19/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE 2023 MCAS Scores Show Progress in Math and ELA Academic Recovery
09/19/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update September 19, 2023
09/18/2023 View External Link  PRESS RELEASE Massachusetts Celebrates Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
09/18/2023 View HTML Page  Deadline to Apply and Obtain an Emergency License
09/15/2023 View HTML Page  The Department is reissuing the former "Draft Process Guide" and repurposing the document to serve as a "Technical Guide." As the name implies, this document will cover the technical changes to the IEP Form. This tool should be considered alongside other
09/14/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update September 14, 2023, Special Edition
09/14/2023 Download Word Document  Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the 2023–2024 MCAS
09/13/2023 View External Link  Online Toolkit: Partnering to Safeguard K12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats
09/12/2023 View HTML Page  EL Assessment Update: Important Back-to-School ACCESS for ELLs Information
09/12/2023 View HTML Page  IEP 2023 Business Requirements and IEP 2023 Preliminary Data Requirements Analysis update
09/11/2023 Download PDF Document  MCAS Pre-Administration Guide
09/11/2023 Download Word Document  2023–24 Statewide Testing Schedule and Administration Deadlines
09/11/2023 View HTML Page  2023 Fall Professional Development Provider Application Notification
09/08/2023 View External Link  September 2023 STEM Newsletter
09/06/2023 View HTML Page  OASES Collaborative - Cohort 3 CHAMP Training 2023
09/05/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update, September 5, 2023
09/05/2023 View HTML Page  FY24 Applications for Renewal of Charters
09/05/2023 View HTML Page  OASES - Cohort 3 ASES CHAMP Training 2023
09/01/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update September 1, 2023, Special Edition
08/30/2023 View HTML Page  Registration Now Available for Fall MCAS Trainings
08/29/2023 View External Link  Opportunity to Apply for MCAS Teacher Committees
08/29/2023 View HTML Page  Important Notice about the General Curriculum MTEL-Flex
08/29/2023 View HTML Page  Edwin is changing!
08/29/2023 View External Link  2023 Assessment and Accountability Reporting Schedule
08/29/2023 Download Word Document  Responses to MA Literacy Institute Grant, FC 583 Questions
08/28/2023 View HTML Page  Public Comment Extended on Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
08/21/2023 Download Word Document  MTEL Update: Impact of the General Curriculum Multi-Subject Subtest and the General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest no Longer Being Offered
08/17/2023 View External Link  August 2023 STEM Newsletter
08/15/2023 Download Word Document  Enrolling and Supporting Newcomer Students FAQ Updated August 15, 2023
08/02/2023 View External Link  Draft IEP Process Guide Stakeholder Feedback Survey
07/31/2023 View HTML Page  Update to the eligibility for the English as a Second Language (54) MTEL-Flex and the Spanish (28) MTEL-Flex
07/28/2023 View HTML Page  Educational Stability Orientation Sessions 2023-24
07/25/2023 View External Link  Student Assessment Update July 25, 2023, Special Edition

 
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