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An Overview of DESE Data

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects and compiles a variety of education and administrative data. In addition to these data collections, the Department provides guidance on how to use and interpret the data, data reports, and tools that can display these data in formats that are easy to interpret and understand.


Data Tools and Resources

Data and related resources are organized into the four major categories below. Select a link to view available data and related resources.

Data Collections

A a list of non-fiscal data collections that the Department maintains. These include student assessment data such as MCAS, ACCESS, and TIMSS as well as other data such as student discipline data and demographic information on educators.

Data Tools

Data tools are tools that can be used to access DESE data. They are useful for displaying the data in formats that can be manipulated, filtered, and easily interpreted.

Data Resources

Data resources help data users interpret and understand the data that are available from DESE and can be found by following the link above. These resources include things such as information on the Early Warning Indicator System, student growth, and the Progress and Performance Index (PPI).

Data Reports

The reports listed here are the result of analyses carried out by the Department, which have subsequently been made publicly accessible. For most of these reports, guidance can be found in the same place as the report itself. Go here to access statistical and per pupil expenditure reports.

Last Updated: January 13, 2014
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