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District Resources for FY23 SOA Progress Reports

FY23 SOA Progress Reports: Overview and Guidance

The FY23 SOA Progress Report Overview webinar and accompanying slide deck serve as the primary guidance supports for districts' FY23 SOA Progress Reports. The slide deck includes the Webinar script, as well as a blank progress report template.

Other Resources and Supports

  • Consultations with SOA Team. Our SOA Team is once again offering ½ consultations for interested districts. Use this link to schedule a time to meet with us. Districts can also email questions to the SOA Team at .
  • Data support: Our partner, Open Architects, continues to make customized MCAS and ACCESS dashboards available at no charge to districts. Use this link to learn more: Student Opportunity Act Support.
  • SOA Implementation Indicators Resource : a stand-alone resource including definitions of stages of implementation and lists of implementation indicators for all 21 SOA evidence-based program areas.

FY22 SOA Plan Amendment Review and Feedback Process

Districts' plan amendments were reviewed against statutory requirements described in the 2019 Student Opportunity Act and against the guidelines DESE provided to districts for engaging in a meaningful plan development process and submitting a well-documented SOA plan. These recommendations and guidelines were designed to ensure that districts' SOA plans would effectively communicate to all of the Commonwealth's stakeholders (i.e., districts' and schools' local stakeholders, the state legislature, the broader education community, and the general public) that we are making strong collective efforts to close opportunity gaps for student groups—particularly students with disabilities, English learners, students of color, and students from economically disadvantaged communities—and are setting ourselves up to successfully address them through the implementation of evidence-based programs and strategies.


  • Week of May 23: Districts receive feedback on their FY22 SOA Plan Amendments
  • May 23–June 30: SOA Office Hours. Schedule a 20–30 minute consultation with one of our SOA team members. Districts can also reach us by email at any time at .
  • Thursday June 30: Due date for submission of required and optional changes to SOA plan amendments
  • On or before July 15: Plans are posted publicly on DESE's SOA Website

Please see the FY22 Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendment Review and Feedback Process and FY22 Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendments: Additional Detail on Review Criteria documents below for more information.

FY22 Guidance Materials and SOA Plan Amendment Template
FY21 Guidance Materials and SOA Plan Template

The resources below include communications for districts describing SOA priorities and outlining district and state responsibilities. Additional resources include SOA plan templates, examples of completed SOA plans, and guidance for developing SOA plans.

Last Updated: March 24, 2023

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