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Resource Allocation and District Action Reports (RADAR)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Resource Allocation and District Action Reports (RADAR) take advantage of the state's student, educator, and finance data to provide school districts new analyses about their own use of people, time, and money, and allow comparisons to other districts.

RADAR reports were developed over the course of two years with the advice and assistance of various district representatives. In addition to consulting with district leaders through various statewide advisory groups, eight Massachusetts school districts participated in a yearlong pilot during the 2016-17 school year. The pilot focused on using the reports to explore resource allocation decisions and reallocation possibilities.

RADAR Benchmarking is now available. District personnel also have access via the Department's Security Portal to two additional RADAR packages on Special Education and Class Size/Student Courses.

RADAR Benchmarking

RADAR Benchmarking is an Excel tool (similar to the Department's DART tools) that allows a user to select districts and see reports with their data. It presents data that is generally already available on the Department's website, but in new formats. Download the Excel file, which has a Getting Started tab, as well as a Home page for selecting districts. Then see reports on Change Over Five Years, State Context, Per Pupil Expenditures, Staff FTEs per 100 Students, SPED Enrollment Comparison, and SPED Staff Comparison.

RADAR Benchmarking (updated 11/15/2017)

For other data tools, see DARTs.

Contact RADAR for comments and suggestions:

Grant opportunity (October 16, 2017 deadline)

The Department is currently offering Massachusetts districts that have an interest in making substantial changes in resource allocation and directing more resources toward evidence-based improvement strategies a competitive opportunity to apply for grant funds to help support their efforts.

The main priority for the grant program is to help improve district resource allocation practices, specifically supporting districts to:

  • Examine and question resource allocation in more depth, using data available in districts along with tools provided by the Department, particularly Resource Allocation and District Action Reports (RADAR)
  • Make meaningful changes in resource allocation to support best practices and district improvement strategies
  • Measure the impact of resource shifts on the desired outcomes. Grantees will be paired with an action research partner who will help gather data, measure impact, and report results.

The application for the new competitive, two-year Resource Reallocation to District Priorities grant (Fund Code 110) has been posted. Applications are due October 16, 2017.

Last Updated: November 15, 2017
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