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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 use student, educator, and finance data collected from districts to provide new information about the use of people, time, and money, with comparisons to other districts.

RADAR reports were developed over the course of two years with input from district leaders and business officials. In addition, eight Massachusetts school districts are participating in a two-year pilot during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. The pilot focuses on using RADAR to explore resource allocation decisions, and find ways to reallocate scarce resources to strategic priorities.

RADAR Benchmarking can be downloaded from the link below. 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 available on the Department's website, but in visual and comparative formats that make it more accessible.

Download the Excel file and click on the Homepage tab to get started by selecting districts. Then review the reports: Change Over Five Years, State Context, Per Pupil Expenditures, Staff FTEs per 100 Students, SPED Enrollment Comparison, and SPED Staff Comparison. Help is available in the file: a Getting Started tab; "How to use this report" at the top of each one; a More About Data tab and references for resource, acronyms, and staffing definitions.

Check for updates and download the file again; like the DARTs, it won't update automatically.

Most recent update:

  • 2/2/2018—FY2017 finance data has been added, for charter districts as well as municipal and regional districts.
RADAR Benchmarking (updated 2/1/2018)

For other data tools, see DARTs.

Contact RADAR for comments and suggestions: radar@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: February 7, 2018
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