Data Stories

These stories highlight public data and research to add context to the discussion of timely issues and equity initiatives. Interactive charts and dashboards help you explore trends, comparisons, and connections. Subscribe to our newsletter to learn when new data stories are published.

Reducing chronic absenteeism in our schools

MARCH 22, 2024 — This data story examines the scope of chronic absenteeism in Massachusetts, how it affects student success, and evidence-based strategies to improve student attendance. Interactive charts break down chronic absenteeism by grade span, student group, and trends by district and school. The story also highlights an example of interventions that are working to reduce chronic absenteeism in the Lowell Public Schools.
Chart shows rates of chronic absenteeism by grade span, 2019-2023.

College and Career Outcomes Report

DEC. 30, 2023  This annual report presents charts and key findings on student preparedness for workforce and post-secondary education, including graduation rates, MassCore and advanced coursework completion, participation in College and Career Pathways, college attendance and persistence, and wages. 
Chart shows Pathways program participation by race/ethnicity

The state of educator racial diversity in Massachusetts

DEC. 15, 2023 — This data story reports on trends in student and teacher diversity in districts across Massachusetts. Drawing on demographic data at each step of the educator pipeline, it identifies points where gaps exist and potential teachers of color may face barriers. Finally, it identifies state grants and initiatives to promote diversity along the pipeline and shares data from two programs.
Line graph shows student diversity growing at a faster rate than teachers.

Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)

OCT. 18, 2023 — This report describes the first-ever initiative in Massachusetts to link participation across state programs serving children birth-to-five and demonstrates its power in producing significant insights, especially related to equity. Charts explore the demographics of children served by WIC, Early Intervention, public preschool, and other programs, showing where they overlap and potential gaps. 
A preschool child moves wooden beads around a brightly colored wire maze toy.

MCAS Data Explorer

OCT. 2, 2023 — This interactive chart helps you explore trends in MCAS achievement by school and district since 2017. View results by student group, or use companion charts to compare results across schools, subjects, and test grades.

MCAS Data Explorer graph

Investing in students' social-emotional learning and mental health

OCT. 2, 2023 — This data story identifies new sources of funding for social and emotional learning (SEL) and mental health in K-12 schools, charts trends in staffing to support student wellness, and highlights resources to better understand and address health and safety issues to improve student success.
Chart shows growth in specialized instructional support staff by role.

Measuring progress toward racial equity in public higher education

OCT. 2, 2023 — A new set of aspirational universal targets will help move public higher education in Massachusetts toward its goal of racial equity over the next decade. This data story describes how and why the targets were established and features an interactive chart to measure the distance from baseline data to universal targets for each student group.
Row of graduates in robe and mortarboard.