The total number of students enrolled, including pre-kindergarten (PK), kindergarten (K), and students who attend beyond grade 12.
The percentage of students enrolled, by race/ethnicity and by selected population. Selected populations include students with disabilities, current and former English learners, students who are economically disadvantaged, and high needs students (students who belong to one or more of the other selected population groups).
The number of teachers in a school or district is reported by full-time equivalency. This number represents the number of full-time positions filled by teachers.
The percentage of teachers who are licensed and the percentage of teachers who are considered experienced, meaning they have been teaching in a Massachusetts public school for at least 3 years.
The percentage of students who participate in an arts course. Arts courses include visual art, music, theater, dance, and general arts.
The percentage of 11th and 12th grade students completing at least one advanced course. Advanced courses include: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment for credit, and other rigorous math and science courses.
The percentage of students who pass all of their courses in grade 9. In Massachusetts, a student is four times more likely to finish high school if they pass all of their classes in 9th grade.
The percentage of high school graduates completing MassCore. The MassCore program of studies includes: four years of english, four years of math, three years of a lab-based science, three years of history, two years of the same foreign language, one year of an arts program and five additional "core" courses.
The average number of days of school that a student misses in a school year.
The percentage of students who are suspended (in and out of school), expelled, or removed from regular classroom activities due to violence. Incidences of violence include harassment, bullying, and other behavior.
Incidences of Violence
The graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate from high school within 4 or 5 years.
4-Year Graduation Rate
5-Year Graduation Rate
The annual dropout rate is the percentage of students in grades 9 through 12 who leave school in a given year without graduating or transferring to another school.
The college-going rate is the percentage of high school graduates who enroll in postsecondary education by March 1 of the year after high school graduation. Postsecondary education includes community colleges, colleges, and universities; public and private institutions; 2-year and 4-year institutions; and institutions both in and outside of Massachusetts.
Any Post-Secondary Institution
The percentage of students scoring at each achievement level on the English language arts, mathematics, and science MCAS tests.
Student growth measures the amount of academic progress a student made over the year, based on MCAS. It compares a student’s MCAS performance to other students with similar past MCAS scores. Growth is reported on a scale from 1 to 99, with lower numbers representing lower progress and higher numbers representing higher progress. An average growth score between 40 and 60 means that the district or school is making typical progress.
The total dollars spent per student, broken down by the source of funds. Funding comes from federal, state, and local sources. The amount of money spent per student depends on many factors, including student enrollment, staffing, special programs, and whether the school receives state or federal grant funds.
State & Local Funds
An accountability system brings together a set of measures in order to provide clear, actionable information about district and school performance. In Massachusetts, accountability results are calculated using information related to student performance on state tests, chronic absenteeism, high school completion, and advanced coursework completion.
Massachusetts sets annual improvement targets for every district and school. Targets are set for achievement, growth, English learner progress, chronic absenteeism, high school completion, and advanced coursework completion.
Districts and schools with a target percentage of 75% or higher are considered to be meeting targets.
[If 75% or higher] Our school is meeting or exceeding targets for most accountability measures.
Accountability percentiles (1-99) indicate how a school is performing overall compared to other schools that administer similar MCAS tests. They are calculated by combining information related to achievement, growth, English learner progress, chronic absenteeism, high school completion, and advanced coursework completion. Schools with higher percentiles are generally higher performing, and schools with lower percentiles are generally lower performing.
Overall, our school performs better than [percentile minus 1]% of [elementary and middle / middle-high / high] schools statewide.
Massachusetts uses information related to progress toward improvement targets, accountability percentiles, graduation rates, and MCAS participation rates to determine each district and school's overall classification. Most districts and schools are placed into two categories: those that require assistance or intervention from the state, and those that do not require assistance or intervention. Districts and schools that are new or very small are classified as having "insufficient data."