Student Opportunity Act

SOA Timelines and District Responsibilities

The Student Opportunity Act requires districts to develop and implement three-year SOA plans to help address inequitable learning opportunities and outcomes for student groups served by their schools. Districts' SOA plans were originally due to be submitted to DESE in April 2020, but the deadline was extended to January 15, 2021 due to the pandemic.

SOA Plan Implementation

Implementation of SOA plans was originally expected to take place during the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the pandemic, the timeline for year 1 implementation of SOA plans now extends through the 2021-2022 school year.


Funds for implementing district SOA plans are expected to come from a combination of Chapter 70 state education aid; other local, state, and federal funds; and other sources (e.g., grants from foundations).

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

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