Massachusetts School and District Profiles


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State Contact Information
75 Pleasant Street
Malden MA 02148-5023
(781) 338-3000
FAX: (781) 338-3770

Acting Commissioner : Jeff Wulfson

Number of School Districts
Number of Schools
Grades Served
Operating Schools: 2016-17 School Year*
Operating School Districts 404 Type of Public Schools
Charter Schools Elementary 1,140
Commonwealth 69 Middle/Junior High 314
Horace Mann 9 Secondary 397
Commonwealth Virtual School 2 Total 1,851
Educational Collaboratives 26

Student Race and Ethnicity

Selected Populations

Student Achievement

Massachusetts and Nationwide National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the "Nation's Report Card." It is the only measure of student achievement in the United States that allows you to compare the performance of students in Massachusetts with the performance of students across the nation or in other states. Students take the NAEP in reading and mathematics every two years. When reviewing these results, it is important to keep in mind that the NAEP results are based on a small sample of students across Massachusetts, not the population of Massachusetts students. For more information, please visit

National Assessment of Educational Progress

Composite Performance Index

The transitional Composite Performance Index (CPI) is a number from 1-100 that represents the extent to which students have attained or are progressing toward proficiency in a given subject. Students who demonstrate proficiency on MCAS and/or PARCC tests, and students with severe cognitive disabilities who score at the Progressing level on the MCAS-Alternate assessment, receive 100 CPI points. Our state's transitional CPIs for 2016 are below.

Composite Performance Index

English Language Arts (CPI)Mathematics (CPI)Science (CPI)
96.5 89.978.3
Notes: Enrollment data are reported for the 2016–2017 school year. Assessment data are reported for the 2015–2016 school year.More about the data.