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Office of Planning and Research

Success After High School

OPR's mission is to help DESE and the field implement effective policy and programs and make effective resource use decisions to improve student outcomes.

The Latest From Our Team

  • The 'How Do We Know' initiative helps educators use, build, and share evidence about practice.
  • RADAR reports provide school districts with information about their use of people, time, and money, and enable comparisons between districts.
  • The DESE Strategic Plan Download Word Document and the Strategic Plan Summary Download PDF Document outline the work DESE is doing to reach our goal of success after high school for all students
  • The research agenda details what DESE wants to learn in order to improve program implementation and outcomes
  • In our reports section, find the latest on education policy issues and state education programs in Massachusetts
  • Planning for Success is a collection of resources for district and school improvement planning
  • The VISTA survey is the most current and comprehensive set of findings on what educators are saying about the Commonwealth’s education priority areas
  • Use the DART (District Analysis and Review Tool) to explore DESE data (achievement, post-secondary, English Learners, finance, staffing, and more) over time, and compare your district or school to others across the state

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Last Updated: May 5, 2021

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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