Now open! Comments on the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has revised the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

The revised drafts for the Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy and the Curriculum Framework for Mathematics can be found at:

Scroll down for an important opportinity to give feedback directly to DESE on how major changes to course frameworks, grade level standards and instruction guidance will impact your classroom! 

What are curriculum frameworks? 

Curriculum frameworks outline the knowledge, skills and abilities that students are expected to master at each grade level. Educators use the curriculum frameworks as basis for planning which books to reach, which topics to teach and which assessments students should pass each at each grade level.

See something? Say something!  An online survey is open until February 17, 2017:

  • The same link will bring you to the survey questions for either the English Language Arts and Literacy frameworks and the Mathematics framsworks.
  • The survey will ask you to select one or more grade levels to focus on or comment on the Framework as a whole document.
  • Links to the proposed changes are embedded withing the survey and there are opportunities provide written comments on each standard.

Speak up!! 

If written comments aren’t your thing, you can join DESE staff for Office Hours: Proposed Changes to the ELA and Math Standards. 

Register online for one or more of the following dates:

Date: 12/09/16

Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

Host: Northeast Consortium for Staff Development (NCSD)

Location: Masconomet Regional Middle School, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford, MA 01921

Date: 12/09/16

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Host: Merrimack Valley Curriculum Leaders

Location: Valley Collaborative, 40 Linnell Circle, Billerica, MA 01821

Date: 1/09/17

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Host: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts/Berkshire Community College

Location: Berkshire Community College, Hawthorne, Room 207, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Date: 1/10/17

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Host: Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC)

Location: LPVEC, 174 Brush Hill Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089

Date: 1/11/17

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Host: Assabet Valley Collaborative (AVC)

Location: AVC, 28 Lord Road; Suite 130, Marlborough, MA 01752

Date: 01/12/17

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Host: Cape Cod Collaborative

Location: Cape Cod Collaborative, 418 Bumps River Rd, Osterville, MA 02655

Date: 01/30/17

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Host: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

Location: ESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, Ma 02148

Date: 2/6/17

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Host: North River Collaborative (NRC)

Location: North River Conference Center, 525 Beech Street, Rockland, MA 02370



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