Research & Reports

November 17, 2016

2016 MA Employer Survey on Education and Workforce Readiness

The MassINC Polling Group conducted three focus groups and an online survey of business executives in Massachusetts on the topic of public education and workforce readiness.  The survey was distributed by more than 40 business associations across the state to their members.  The research was a follow-up to a similar […]
February 12, 2015

Educating Students for Success: A Comparison of the MCAS and PARCC Assessments as Indicators of College- and Career-Readiness

This February 2015 report compares MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) and PARCC (Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) as indicators of readiness for credit-bearing college courses and the work force, and concludes that MCAS does not indicate a student’s preparedness for post-high school success.  The lack of alignment […]
March 24, 2014

The New Opportunity to Lead: A vision for education in Massachusetts in the next 20 years

November 16, 2011

Year 1 Race to the Top in Massachusetts: An Education Progress Report

In 2011, one year after Massachusetts was awarded a $250 million Race to the Top grant that required implementation of far-reaching and some controversial policies, MBAE commissioned this report to examine progress on several key initiatives, including implementation of the Common Core State Standards and a new evaluation system for teachers and […]
October 11, 2011

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Springfield, MA

This 2011 study, sponsored by MBAE and Springfield Business Leaders for Education and conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), on teacher policies in the Springfield Public Schools found that improving the teacher evaluation system so that all teachers get feedback is critical, seniority rules are hurting new teacher recruitment, and […]
December 9, 2010

School Funding Reality: A Bargain Not Kept

This 2010 study on school funding and spending trends in Massachusetts found that the explosive growth in the cost of school employee health insurance has crowded out funding for other portions of school budgets that directly impact students such as spending on books and other classroom materials as well as […]
July 19, 2010

Analysis of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

This non-ideological, side-by-side comparison of the Common Core State Standards and Massachusetts then under development K-12 English and math standards found that Common Core not only draws heavily from Massachusetts standards, but improves upon them by incorporating some of the best international standards. The researchers found there is substantial alignment […]
February 23, 2010

Human Capital in Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers

This MBAE and National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, concludes that while the district has many smart, strategic policies in place, improving teacher rules could help the district do more to attract and retain effective teachers. Full […]
October 1, 2008

Educating a 21st Century Workforce: A Call for Action on High School Reform

Released in 2008, this report includes a plan of action for the business community created by a commission of employers convened by MBAE. The commission found that meeting the challenge of preparing all students for college and career will require changes in the way high schools are structured because, “like […]
October 1, 2006

Preparing for the Future: Employer Perspectives on Work Readiness Skills

For this report, released in 2006, MBAE examined existing information about employer driven definitions of key standards for high school graduates in the areas of basic academic skills, technical skills, and work readiness skills and conducted focus groups with Massachusetts employers. The findings were used to inform educators and policy-makers […]
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