The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is the first point of contact for any external researchers wishing to use DESE data, whether on a contract with the DESE or for their own research purposes.
Public data are readily available from the DESE website. OPR can direct researchers to various sources of publicly available data. For help in understanding these data, please email the Office of Planning and Research .
Confidential, personally identifiable data may also be made available in limited circumstances using the research exemption contained in the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act. However, DESE does not share personally identifiable information with:
Researchers are encouraged to review DESE's research agenda to see the current topics of interest before inquiring.
Researchers who are interested in obtaining confidential data should email Matt Deninger , Chief Strategy and Research Officer. Please include a 1-page overview of the proposed research that specifies:
The research team meets the 3rd Thursday of every month to review new proposals and will respond to inquiries after those meetings.
For more specific information on data available from DESE and on the research process, please see DESE's Researcher's Guide and the Data Impacts of Coronavirus document.
Last Updated: May 17, 2022
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