Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases a report card for each school and district in the state. Just as a student's report card shows how they are doing in different classes, school and district report cards are designed to show parents and community members how a school or district is doing in different areas. Report cards highlight a school or district's strengths as well as any challenges that need to be addressed in order to make sure the needs of all students are being met.
Profiles are critical tools for promoting accountability for schools and districts by publicizing data about student performance and program effectiveness for parents, policy makers, and other stakeholders. They help parents and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do. Districts receiving Title I funds must prepare and disseminate annual report cards.