Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Subject Matter Knowledge Guidelines Update

The Department has extended the public comment period for feedback on the Subject Matter Knowledge Guidelines through Friday, June 29 in order to solicit additional and diverse stakeholder feedback. Based on significant feedback on the subject matter knowledge guidelines for the reading specialist license, DESE will revert to previous subject matter knowledge guidelines (as noted in the draft guidelines) and will reconvene a working group to build out new subject matter knowledge guidelines in the fall. 

To provide public comment, please visit: Public Comment: Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) Guidelines (May–June 2018). Anyone who needs assistance with the public comment survey or has any questions can email

Friday, May 4, 2018

New Videos Featuring Chelsea and Worcester Public Schools

The Department’s Center for Instructional Support is excited to share a new set of videos presenting standards-based learning in Massachusetts. The videos give an overview of how educators are approaching standards-based learning in different content areas and grades. Districts might find the videos useful internally or when communicating about standards-based learning to parents and other community members. The Department is grateful to all the educators who contributed to the videos, particularly those from the Chelsea and Worcester public schools and members of DESE’s Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinets.