Resources for Families

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama in 2015. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools and ensure opportunity for all of America’s students. 

    DESE Family Guides - “These guides to the Massachusetts learning standards help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning, the guides are available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Promotional materials advertising these resources are also available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.”

    DESE Family Engagement Initiatives and Resources - “The primary goal of family engagement is to facilitate shared responsibility that contributes to the healthy development, learning, and growth of children - from the earliest ages into young adulthood. Family engagement builds relationships between students, families, educators, and the community. These relationships over time develop into meaningful partnerships rooted in the strengths and assets of all.”

    DESE MCAS Resources for Families - this website contains general information about the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System)

    Choosing A School - DESE MA guide to families