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An accountability system measures school and district performance. It helps schools improve the performance of all students, and helps communities and the state decide how to allocate resources. Accountability results answer two questions: How is the school doing? and What kind of support does the school need?
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) collects data each year on schools to improve teaching and learning, as well as ensure that schools are meeting the standards set by the state. This data informs the accountability system, and gives information on how well schools are performing - how well it is teaching students based on the measures set by the state. This data is publicly available to anyone who wishes to find it, but can often be difficult to find and decipher.
Boston School Finder makes some data available on our school pages - use our search bar to search for Boston schools.
There are many measures of school quality, and there are many different ways that families prioritize what is important to them when choosing a school for their children. Our school visit checklist can help you prioritize what is right for you and your family, and what to look for in a school.