This section provides information on K–12 education as well as adult courses for students working toward high school equivalency.
- Parents’ Guide to Choosing a School
Find information on different types of schooling in the Commonwealth.
- Find School and District Profiles and Report Cards
Search for public and private schools in your area, including alternative and special education options. Check out your school’s report card to see how it compares to other schools across the state.
- Charter School Directory
Search and find contact information for charter schools in Massachusetts.
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Find information about ABE, which includes educational services for adults ranging from literacy to high school equivalency.
- ABE Directory
Find locations that offer ABE courses.
- General Information on Alternative Education
Is alternative education the right choice for your family? Learn more about this type of schooling.
- Find Alternative Education Programs
Search for alternative education programs in your area.
- Career/Vocational Technical Education
Search for career/vocational technical (also known as Chapter 74) programs in stand-alone vocational technical schools and in comprehensive high schools.
- Dual Enrollment
Find out how your child can complete discounted college-level courses in high school.
This section explains our accountability system for schools and districts and links to resources to help schools and districts improve.
Learn about Massachusetts' system for differentiated recognition, accountability, & support
- District Review Reports
- Massachusetts Tiered System of Support
- School Improvement Professional Development
Resources and materials related to Title I Part A, Title I Part D, subgrants, and ESEA flexibility.
If you have a complaint about actions taken by a school or district or in a classroom, click here to file a complaint. This link will also take you to district monitoring reports.
This section has information about the state's curriculum frameworks and student assessment systems. It also provides several resources for educators.
Curriculum & Instruction
- Curriculum Frameworks
Read what students should know and be able to do in different subjects at different grade levels.
- Professional Development
Educators can find courses and workshops here.
- Model Curriculum
See examples of curriculum and lesson plans aligned to the state standards.
- "What to Look For" Observation Guides
Learn what a strong classroom should look like in different grades and subject areas.
Testing & Assessment
- Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
Find information on MCAS, including subject areas covered, participation requirements, and testing schedules.
- MCAS Graduation Requirements
Find out what students are required to score on the MCAS to meet the state's high school graduation requirement.
- MCAS Graduation Requirements
Find information on the state's alternate assessment for students with significant disabilities.
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
Find information on PARCC, which some districts are administering in grades 3-8 in 2015 and/or 2016 instead of MCAS.
- Building Massachusetts' Next-Generation Assessment
Learn about the next-generation assessment Massachusetts is building for use by all students in grades 3-8 starting in spring 2017.
- ACCESS for ELLs Information
Find information on the annual ACCESS for ELLs exam, administered to all English language learners statewide.
- High School Equivalency (HiSET)
Learn about the HiSET program (formerly the GED), which allows you to receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learn about the Board and find meeting dates and documents.
- School Finance
Learn about how school districts are funded.
- Nutrition and Health Programs
Learn more about nutrition and health programs, including the School Breakfast Program and summer food services.
- Safe and Supportive Schools
Programs and related resources to help school districts and communities build safe and supportive learning environments for all students.
- The Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Find information on education for homeless children in Massachusetts.
- Digital Learning
Learn about education technology and virtual schools.
- Family Literary Resources
Find resources to help promote your child’s literacy development.
- Educator Evaluation
Learn how educator growth and development is supported through the evaluation process.
- Security Portal
District leaders can access data through this secure portal.
- Contact the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE)
Find contact information for ESE, including a staff directory and department emails.
- Share Your Concerns
Need to report an issue at your child’s school? Fill out and submit a Problem Resolution System Intake Form and mail, fax, or email it to ESE’s Program Quality Assurance services.
- GEAR UP
GEAR UP Massachusetts is a college readiness program that serves low-income priority students across seven of the Commonwealth’s most impoverished areas.
YourPlanForTheFuture is a planning site where students can organize their academic information, get free test-prep tutorials, research schools, track applications, apply for financial aid, and more.
- Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP)
CDEP allows Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discounted price and earn credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees.
- Go Higher!
Learn about the programs offered at Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses.
- Scholarships & Awards
Find out about some of the scholarships and awards available for Massachusetts students.