Office of Planning and Research

Resource Allocation and District Action Reports (RADAR)

Spend smarter and meet your district goals

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Download Excel Document
Download RADAR BenchmarkingVersion 11/1/2019

Download Excel Document
Download RADAR Special EducationVersion 11/1/2019

Download Excel Document
Download RADAR Change over 5 Yrs with Guiding QuestionsVersion 11/1/2019

Download Excel Document
Download District Comparison IndicatorsVersion 11/1/2019

 
Resource Reallocation to District Priorities: Nine MA Districts' Experiencescoming soon



Join the growing number of districts using RADAR—a suite of innovative Excel-based reports for a new approach to resource decisions.

  • Compare your spending and staffing to other districts
  • Visualize district trends over 5 years
  • Investigate staffing levels, per pupil spending, special education, and more

Spending Chart: Compare your spending and staffing to other districts
Visualize district trends over 5 years

Investigate staffing levels, per pupil spending, special education, and more
Identified For or No Longer Receiving Services by Grade: 2018 and Average for 2015-2018, Ashmont K to 11

Getting Started With RADAR Benchmarking and RADAR Special Education

  • Download the Excel file
  • Use the Home tab: select your district
  • Select up to 10 comparison districts
  • Look at each report:

    RADAR Benchmarking

    • Home
    • State Context
    • Change Over 5 Years
    • Per Pupil Expenditures
    • Staffing per 100 Students
    • District Class Size

    RADAR Special Education

    • Home
    • District Program Trends
    • Special Education Enrollment
    • Special Education Staff
    • ID for Services
    • Placement Trajectories

Use RADAR Change Over 5 Years with Guiding Questions

For a district team working on planning and budgeting:

  • Download the Excel file
  • Select your district
  • Go chart by chart and use the guiding questions as a starting point
  • Summarize the group's insights about trends and projections

Use District Comparison Indicators (All districts' data for about 25 indicators)

Choose comparison districts for RADAR, budgeting, or planning:

  • Download the Excel file
  • Read the Instructions and examples
  • Use filtering and sorting to find districts that are similar to yours in relevant indicators

Help and Information

Download PowerPoint File
RADAR Introduction Slides
Download Word Document
RADAR in One Page
View HTML Page
RADAR Reports Tutorial
Overview of RADAR
Quick Views of Reports
RADAR in Practice: Exploring a Resources Question
Selecting Comparison Districts

Recent Updates

11/01/19
RADAR Special Education now available online
RADAR Benchmarking:
  • District Class Size added
  • Special Education Enrollment and Staff reports moved to RADAR Special Education
  • 2019 performance data; final 2018 finance data

03/22/2019
Updated data: 2019 enrollment and staff, 2018 finance

10/01/2018
Home has 2018 state assessment results for both Next Generation and Legacy MCAS.
Report displays have been edited for easier reading.

07/23/2018
FY2017 finance data reflect final amendments from districts.

Updates Calendar

October 20192019 MCAS results
February 20202020 enrollment, staff, class size
2019 preliminary finance data

Related Tools and Data

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DARTs
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School Finance Reports
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Profiles
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Planning for Success
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'How Do We Know' Initiative

Contact the RADAR team with comments or requests: radar@doe.mass.edu

 
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