Massachusetts: College and Career Policies

For the 2015-2016 school year, districts in Massachusetts have the option of administering the ELA MCAS tests or the ELA/L PARCC tests for grades 3-8. High school students take the MCAS tests. All English language learners in grades K-12 are required to take ACCESS for ELLs.

Massachusetts updated the comprehensive health standards in 1999.

Massachusetts requires 8 additional credits for graduation in foreign languages, arts, and additional core classes. Students are also required to pass a competency determination.

Massachusetts adopted new math standards in 2010.

Administrators must complete 150 professional development points to renew their license.

Massachusetts requires 4 years of Math for graduation.

Massachusetts updated the arts standards in 1999. Performing arts standards include dance, music and theatre standards.

For the 2015-2016 school year, districts in Massachusetts have the option of administering the MCAS tests or PARCC tests for Mathematics in grades 3-8. High school students take the MCAS tests. All English language learners in grades K-12 are required to take ACCESS for ELLs.

Massachusetts updated the visual arts standards in 1999.

Massachusetts has adopted ten standards for professional development.

The Massachusetts State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per state law.

Massachusetts updated the science and technology/engineering standards in 2016.

The Commissioner/Superintendent of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education standards.

Massachusetts requires three units of a laboratory Science for graduation.

State statute authorizes the state board of education to promulgate regulations related to educator evaluation. The MA Educator Evaluation Framework is set forth in regulations.

Massachusetts updated the history and social science standards in 2003.

Educator evaluation policy is largely laid out in regulations promulgated by the MA Board of Education

Massachusetts requires 3 years of history for graduation.

The Massachusetts State Board of Education adopts standards for the certification of teachers, and the State Department of Education grants the certificate.

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has full authority to adopt standards.

In order to become a certified teacher in Massachusetts, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree, have completed an approved teacher preparation program, and passed content-knowledge examinations.

Educators renewing before July 1, 2016 must acquire at least 150 professional development points in order to renew the certificate. Further information is provided at the link.

The Massachusetts State Board of Education establishes guidelines for program approval, and the Commissioner of Education approves the programs.

Massachusetts has standards in 8 different content areas which include arts, English language arts, foreign languages, comprehensive health, math, history and social science, science and technology/engineering, and vocational technical education frameworks.

Institutions must follow the program approval standards for their teacher preparation program approval.

Massachusetts updated the English language arts standards in 2010.

Massachusetts requires four years of English for graduation.