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.
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 Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendment Review and Feedback Process
FY22 Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendments: Additional Detail on Review Criteria
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance for Developing and Submitting FY22 SOA Plan Amendments
FY22 Evidence-Based Program Area Descriptions
FY22 SOA Implementation Indicators Resource
SOA FY22 Plan Amendment Overview
Districts may request custom data analytics to support their SOA plans by visiting Student Opportunity Act Support or emailing SOAPlans@doe.mass.edu .
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.
Evidence-Based Program Examples
FAQ for SOA Plans
Student Opportunity Plans — Short Form Guidance
Last Updated: June 10, 2022
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