Common Core in Massachusetts:
Common Core State Standards

Massachusetts boasted the nation’s highest-ranked standards and highest-achieving students before it adopted the Common Core. Now Massachusetts standards and state-written assessments have been completely aligned to the Common Core. Massachusetts has delayed implementation of PARCC assessments until the spring of 2016 to allow for time to compare current state assessments with PARCC.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Massachusetts’ detailed curriculum frameworks were co-written by David Coleman, one of the lead writers of the Common Core ELA standards, and also contain many model curriculum units.


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments


New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool



Common Core Legislation


In 2013, the Massachusetts legislature appropriated $25 million to support the implementation of PARCC assessments.

Status
Passed

HD 4197, entitled “An Act to Ensure Quality Education,” would halt all spending on Common Core and PARCC until further studies can be done.

Status
Pending


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Massachusetts

Representative Orrall
Opposes CC

Representative Lyons
Opposes CC


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Updated: 6/10/2014