Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards articulate rigorous grade-level expectations in the areas of mathematics and English language arts. These standards identify the knowledge and skills students need in order to be successful in college and careers.

Massachusetts has been actively engaged in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. In August 2010, Massachusetts became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010.

Massachusetts DESE has taken steps to provide tools, resources, and support for the implementation of the new ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks.

How can CES help with this work?

CES is a DESE pre-qualified vendor for a range of consulting and professional development services, including:

  • Curriculum, performance, and achievement frameworks/standards, protocols and or processes development, review and updating
  • Dissemination of standards, research findings, best practices, etc., including planning, implementation, and management of dissemination activities.

Among the regularly scheduled trainings on Common Core State Standards and curriculum frameworks incorporating these are the Summer Institutes.  Topics include the introduction of standards for English Language Learners (WIDA) and new draft standards for science and technology/engineering.

Is there funding to support this work?

Summer Institutes for professional development are funded by DESE through the Institute provider.

How can I learn more?

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For more information, contact: 
Interim Director of Professional Development
413.586.4900 x5926