The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education defines a student retention as a student who was reported to have repeated the grade in which he or she was enrolled during the previous school year. Blank data on the district report indicates that the district did not enroll students in that particular grade.
Black (or African American): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.
Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Multi-race, Non-Hispanic: A person selecting more than one racial category and non-Hispanic.
Native American: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
S = Data suppressed due to enrollment of under six students or the
district did not have enrollment in the race/ethnicity category in the
From the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Appendix A: District Total Retention Rates and District Retention Rates by Race
Data as of August 3, 2012