Office of Planning and Research

Resource Allocation and District Action Reports (RADAR)

Spend smarter and meet your district goals

The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on certain data during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Therefore, take particular care when using data or making comparisons over multiple school years. If you have questions, please contact data@doe.mass.edu.

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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
    • Change Over 5 Years with Guiding Questions
    • 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

RADAR Change Over 5 Years with Guiding Questions is now included in RADAR Benchmarking

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

Recent Updates

  • May 2022
    • RADAR Benchmarking
    • RADAR Special Education

Updates Calendar

NovemberMCAS results from prior year
March Current year enrollment, staff, class size, special education, Chapter 70
Preliminary school finance data for prior year
JulyFinal school finance data for prior year

Related Tools and Data


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

Last Updated: May 11, 2022

 
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