Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Massachusetts Is Seeking Your Input

As the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  (DESE) builds the MCAS 2.0, they are simultaneously seeking the input of educators and community stakeholders from across the state to refine the Massachusetts English language arts (ELA) and math standards.  To share your thoughts about how to improve the standards, please use DESE's feedback form.

If you have general questions or comments about the MCAS 2.0 project, please email DESE at MCAS2.0@doe.mass.edu.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 to solicit public comment on the draft Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) standards.  Public input is an important part of developing state learning standards. Your input will help to refine the standards before BESE votes on adoption of the DLCS standards.

The public comment period is open through April 8, 2016.  The draft standards and a survey to submit comment can be accessed at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/stem/standards.htmlPlease feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Massachusetts Science Standards Approved

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on January 26th to adopt the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) would like to thank all individuals and groups that provided input, reviewed comments, and suggested edits to the standards. DESE is grateful for the dedication and expertise of all the educators, scientists, scholars, and other participants who engaged in this endeavor. The Board of Early Education and Care (EEC) is scheduled to vote on the adoption of the Pre-Kindergarten STE standards on February 9th. DESE is expected to publish and post the completed 2016 STE Curriculum Framework, including the standards and a variety of additional guidance and supporting materials, in the early spring.