Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • The Massachusetts Accountability System is the set of policies and practices that the state uses to measure and hold schools and districts responsible for raising student achievement for all students, and to prompt and support improvement where necessary.  Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) previous accountability system was in place since 2012 and changed in the fall of 2018 due to new federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    The Massachusetts Next-Generation Accountability System includes data from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) as well as data from important additional indicators beyond student test scores, such as graduation rates and access to advanced coursework.  A school district, and each school within the district are both collectively and independently part of the the Accountability System.  

    For more details and supporting materials related to the Massachusetts Next-Generation Accountability System click here.

    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Report Cards

    2020 Norwell District Report Card

    2020 Norwell High School Report Card

    2020 Norwell Middle School Report Card

    2020 Grace Farrar Cole School Report Card

    2020 William Gould Vinal School Report Card 


    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education did not collect 2020 MCAS data.  For the most recent data collected, please see the 2019 report below.



DESE Advice on Saving for College

  • The Department has compiled a wide array of ways in which parents can save money for their child's education.

    Of particular note, parents of students with significant disabilities can now set up special tax-free accounts to use on a wide range of services throughout a child’s life.
    The site also lists a variety of college savings options, including tax-free accounts, early tuition options, local savings accounts, and more.

    For additional information on saving for college