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.