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Dropout and Graduation Rates
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) creates annual reports that inform both districts and the public about high school dropouts and graduation rates in Massachusetts public schools.

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Youth Voices How High Schools can Respond to the Needs of Students and Help Prevent Dropouts: Findings from Youth Focus Groups.
This report Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document describes the findings from seven youth focus groups across the Commonwealth that were conducted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Student and Secondary Support Unit between April and October 2006.

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Academic Support Programs
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Academic Support Programs are designed for students (grades 9 through post-12th grade) who have not yet passed (or are at risk of not passing) the 10th grade English language arts and mathematics MCAS tests (or retests) required for high school graduation.

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US Department of Education High School Initiative
A one-stop clearinghouse for information on high schools as part of the US Department of Education's Preparing America's Future - High School Initiative.

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High School and College Alignment - English Language Arts
As an extension of the state's participation in the American Diploma Project, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collected examples of high school and college-level course syllabi/course objectives, writing assignments, and student work. These examples point to the level of work expected from students in order to be successful in first year college English courses.

The high school work samples were contributed by teachers in Massachusetts urban and suburban schools, charter, and regional vocational technical high schools. The college level samples were contributed by both public and private college faculty. The Department is grateful to all of the dedicated educators who contributed to this college readiness resource.


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School Counselor Indicators for Educator Evaluation
The School Counselor Indicators Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document were developed in partnership with the Massachusetts School Counselor Association and are based on both state and national principles and standards for school counseling.

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Last Updated: March 31, 2015
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