The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collaborated with the Strategic Data Project (SDP) to conduct the SDP College-Going Diagnostic. This report examines key findings related to students’ college enrollment and college persistence patterns, and compares these patterns across a variety of student characteristics and academic experiences. The report highlights results primarily at the state level and, for illustrative purposes, for a handful of school districts and high schools.
Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT, and the University of Michigan have released the results of a new study that suggests that urban charter schools in Massachusetts have large positive effects on student achievement at both the middle and high school levels. Results for nonurban charter schools were less clear; some analyses indicated positive effects on student achievement at the high school level, while results for middle school students were much less encouraging.