MassCore completion

Students completing MassCore coursework

Definition: Percent of public high school graduates who complete the Massachusetts High School Program of Studies (MassCore).

MassCore recommends a comprehensive program of studies for students to complete before graduating from high school. The program includes: four years of English, four years of mathematics, three years of lab-based science, three years of history, two years of the same foreign language, one year of arts, and five additional courses. MassCore also includes additional learning opportunities such as Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment, a senior project, online courses for high school or college credit, and service or work-based learning.

This indicator is included in the Preparation & Transitions section of the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth Data Report focusing on a range of learning experiences to ensure college and career readiness. Critical steps include completion of ninth grade coursework and mastery of a rigorous program of study. Steps must also be taken to prevent students from dropping out, as well as to reengage and recover youth disconnected from school and/or employment to ensure future learning and success.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: MassCore Completion Report for All Students

Low socioeconomic status: For the purposes of this report, low socioeconomic status is used as an umbrella term for such designations as: subsidy eligibility, low income, economically disadvantaged, and Pell grant recipients as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education calculates “economically disadvantaged” (used for school year 2015 data and after) based on a student's participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program; and MassHealth (Medicaid).

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Understanding the Economically Disadvantaged Indicator.

Note: It is important for users of this data to understand that enrollment percentages and achievement data for "economically disadvantaged" students cannot be directly compared to "low income" data in prior years (prior to 2015) or other low income designations.

*While comparing indicators, please keep in mind that different data sources use different definitions of student subgroups.