MA Early College Community of Practice

in partnership with

2022 Early College Data PLC


Join us every other Tuesday morning beginning on February 15, 2022 for a
Professional Learning Series around Early College Data Collecting and Reporting.

We  encourage representatives from each ECP to attend, especially those responsible for collecting and/or reporting data.

Each session begins at 9:30 a.m., lasts approximately one hour, and will begin following the conclusion of a scheduled check-in meeting.

You will need to register separately for this series.

February 15

Identifying Elements of Early College Data

This session will reference common indicators and outcomes related to EC, share a close-up look at the data dashboards, and provide a general orientation of where the data points come from.  We also hope to discuss culture shift around HEIRS data and how it will be used. This session is followed by more technical data trainings for both  DESE  (K-12 data administrators) and DHE (IR/Data administrators) on how to report EC data.

  • Thursday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m. – K-12 Data Administrator Follow-up Session
  • Thursday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. – DHE IR/Data Administrator Follow-up Session

March 1

Using Data for Program Improvement and Tracking Cohorts

Programs should have a strong understanding of program retention rates and total number of credits earned, so should be using a combination of institutional/program data alongside the data dashboards, annual reports, etc. to set and assess program goals.  Programs should be aware of particular cohort’s progress. MA is just starting to look longitudinally and will present some initial findings.

March 15

How Massachusetts Uses Early College Data

The Commonwealth is the steward of the state appropriation for Early College so there is a responsibility around ensuring that students are generally well-served by initiative.  There is also high level of interest in whether Early College is a strong investment for state in terms of closing equity gaps or accelerating learning for underrepresented students. For Designation purposes, MA responsible for ensuring the Designation criteria are being met and program is developing to scale.  We also have an obligation and desire to serve as a partner in the work and provide support. 

March 29

Tackling the Issue of EC Data Collection,
Working with Your Data Owners,
and Governance

What internal processes need to be in place to get data accurately reported in numerous places?  How are these processes shared out? This meeting will be followed by individual program focus groups for programs who had data discrepancies.

NEW DATE: June 7

How Data Reporting Will Impact Funding Practices

The plan to fund IHE credits through statewide data systems will be discussed. This session will be followed up with additional technical sessions, geared toward specific stakeholder groups.