Each year, the Rennie Center collects a set of key indicators in our Data Dashboard to provide context on the status of education in the Commonwealth. This data is collected from the MA Department of Early Education and Care; MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; MA Department of Higher Education; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Education; and other research and policy organizations. As the education sector continues to learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, families, and communities, it is crucial to collect and report relevant data. This year’s Data Dashboard tracks a set of 16 state- and local-level indicators.
This resource focuses on what these indicators are measuring, why they matter, and what they can tell us about the education system in Massachusetts. Many of these indicators have been tracked by the Rennie Center for years, and we are utilizing this year’s Dashboard to emphasize our commitment to reporting disaggregated, purposeful data after a year where reliable data was difficult to gather due to the pandemic. We are also excited to use the 2022 data supplement as a jumping-off point to refresh our Data Dashboard in the coming year, as we look forward to rolling out new data tools and stories that help all users examine and interpret data on Massachusetts’ education system.