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Office of Planning and Research

Research and Evaluation

Research and evaluation is an area of expertise located within OPR. The mission of this group is to improve the use of data and research findings to influence program and policy decision-making within the agency and the field, including DESE's goal of preparing all students for success after high school and the agency's five strategies. DESE has defined a research agenda related to the agency's goals and strategies so that we can improve their implementation and measure their outcomes.

Our Strategies

  • To conduct data analysis and design tools, processes, and evaluations to serve DESE program offices and other key constituencies

  • To manage external evaluations and disseminate evaluation findings of DESE programs and initiatives, with a focus on

Recent Evaluations

Visit the DESE Reports page to see all program evaluations.

Tool/Model Development

  • District Analysis and Review Tool (DART)
    • DART for Districts
    • DART for Schools
    • English Language Learners DART
    • Staffing and Finance DART
  • Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS)
  • Views of Climate and Learning (VOCAL) Survey Project
  • Social and Emotional Learning Indicator System (SELIS)

Note to Researchers

Researchers interested in working with Massachusetts data should contact OPR for more information.

Last Updated: January 26, 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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