Updated MassReportCards.org includes new data, is more user friendly
BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is re-launching a new and improved MassReportCards.org, a one-stop shop for information on Massachusetts public schools, including test performance, school finance, and much more. The new version of the site includes additional and updated data, and is more user friendly than the original. MassReportCards adds to Pioneer’s suite of online transparency tools, MassWatch.
“At a time when the public schools are closed and 2020 accountability measures are in question, Pioneer Institute seeks to provide easy access to all relevant public information on school performance, so parents can compare their children’s school and district to others around Massachusetts,” said Pioneer Executive Director Jim Stergios.
The website provides data on how Massachusetts public school students perform on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the new MCAS tests (known as MCAS NextGen) that students began taking in 2017, and legacy MCAS scores.
The relaunched MassReportCards.org includes new data on the standardized test performance of sub-groups such as low-income students and English language learners.
MassReportCards also features detailed school finance information, such as total expense trends per district, per pupil expenses, and a breakdown of expenses per year by school function, based on data provided on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
“This site was designed for parents who want to understand the educational options available to their children, for teachers and administrators who want to know how their schools stack up, for education researchers, and for concerned citizens who want to know how effectively their tax dollars are being spent on education,” said Mary Z. Connaughton, Pioneer’s Director of Government Transparency.
Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.