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Student Opportunity Act

Student Opportunity Act


The Student Opportunity Act (Chapter 132 of the Acts of 2019) ushered in a new phase in the Commonwealth's commitment to ensuring that every student in the state experiences high-quality learning opportunities that lead to success in school and in postsecondary success.

Background and Context

Overall, Massachusetts leads the nation on many measures of student learning experiences, student achievement, and postsecondary success for its students. However, a closer look reveals inequitable gaps in experiences and outcomes across racial and ethnic groups, in economically disadvantaged communities compared to higher income communities, for students with disabilities relative to their non-disabled peers, and for English learners compared to students whose first language is English.

"Closing these gaps is our collective work for the next decade, and the SOA will fuel our efforts to ensure all students achieve at high levels and are prepared for success after high school." — Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

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