MBAE provides the business community with information about current education policy issues and challenges.  Here are our most recent or important documents and reports.

The New Opportunity to Lead

Twenty years ago, Massachusetts adopted a model for education reform that became the aspiration of other states.  Today, we have an extraordinary opportunity to lead once again by building on our strong foundation and adopting proven innovations and initiatives that will prepare all students to be globally competitive.  MBAE has begun work to ensure Massachusetts seizes this new opportunity to educate all students to be future ready.

The New Opportunity to Lead presents a review of education in Massachusetts using the world’s best systems as the benchmark, and recommendations for short and long-term action.   Read the Executive Summary for an overview.  Additional information is available in the press release.

In conjunction with commissioning this research, MBAE contracted with MassINC Polling Group to conduct a survey of employers about their attitudes toward public education.

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Next Generation Assessments

Massachusetts districts and schools have been implementing the standards in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and mathematics for the past two academic years.  Now, in the third year of implementation, field tests of assessments aligned to the standards will be conducted in spring 2014.   MBAE will continue to provide links to information and resources about this important transition to ensure the college and career readiness of our students.

Just the Facts gives accurate details about the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which incorporate the Common Core State Standards, and about college and career ready assessments.

Facts vs Myths dispels some of the more common misinformation about the standards and assessments.

This list includes the educators who contributed to the development of Massachusetts English Language Arts and math standards.

Myth Busters: Getting the Facts Straight About Education Data from the National Data Quality Campaign

Why Standards and Assessments Matter to Business shows what the workforce needs and how standards and assessments can lead students to success after high school.

On June 18, 2014, MBAE gave this testimony to the Joint Committee on Education in support of the implementation of the Common Core standards and PARCC exam without interruption.

Common Core State Standards

Webcasts – If you missed our forums in June 2010 on adoption, February 2011 on implementation,  April 2011 on assessment, or June 2011 on defining college and career readiness, you can view the videos on our Event Webcasts page.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) – Presentation by Sandy Boyd at our April 12th forum.

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium – Presentation by Wanda Monthey at our April 12th forum.

WestEd Comparison of Common Core and Massachusetts Revised Standards – Full Report – Full report of the WestEd standards comparison.

WestEd Comparison of Common Core and Massachusetts Revised Standards – Executive Summary – Executive Summary for the WestEd standards comparison.

WestEd Comparison of Common Core and Massachusetts Revised Standards – English Language Arts Appendix – Analyst ratings for individual English language arts standards.

WestEd Comparison of Common Core and Massachusetts Revised Standards – Mathematics Appendix – Analyst ratings for individual mathematics standards.

WestEd Comparison of Common Core and Massachusetts Revised Standards – Reviewer Comments – Independent external experts reviewed WestEd’s methodology and content area analyses.

Worcester Telegram Op-Ed – “Working on Common Core” – Opinion piece by MBAE Board Chairman, Robert W. Richardson, on the Common Core.

Common Core Forum Webcast – Watch video from our June 2010 forum on the Common Core, cohosted by the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy.

Common Core State Standards Fact Sheet – The Common Core State Standards are proposed for grades K-12 to ensure college and career readiness in math and English. Designed by subject experts, the standards have been adopted by over 2/3 of the states and the District of Columbia. MBAE has summarized information about the standards and the process of adoption in Massachusetts.

College and Career Readiness

MBAE Supports Third Grade Literacy Bill – MBAE testified at the Joint Committee on Education hearing on May 31, 2011 that establishing an Early Reading Council is the initial step toward ensuring all students are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Tapping Massachusetts Potential: The Massachusetts Employers’ STEM Agenda – A public policy focus and investment in the STEM fields are of primary importance to many Massachusetts employers and to the future of our state’s knowledge-based economy.  Fifteen of the state’s leading business and technology organizations have formed a unique, collaborative call-to-action for STEM to become a statewide policy priority.

Educating a 21st Century Workforce: A Call to Action on High School Reform – A commission of employers convened by MBAE proposes a plan of action for the business community. Meeting the challenge of preparing all students for college and career will require changes in the way high schools are structured because, “like it or not, students are acting like consumers,” disengaging from schools when they fail to see connections between what is being taught in the classroom and their own personal goals and postsecondary plans.

Preparing for the Future:  Employer Perspectives on Work Readiness Skills – MBAE’s focus groups inform educators and policy-makers about the work readiness skills that employers expect of Massachusetts high school graduates and describe the skills and characteristics that corporations require for entry-level positions with potential for growth and advancement.

Educator Effectiveness

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Springfield, MA – MBAE and the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) report on the teacher policies and practices that shape teacher quality in Springfield Public Schools and conclude that while some practices are commendable, key policies must be reformed in order to drive an effective education system that employs a highly effective teacher in every classroom.

MBAE Testimony before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education – On June 28, 2011, MBAE testified in favor of the regulations on teacher evaluation voted on by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education as a strong first step toward making student achievement a significant factor in evaluating teachers and administrators.

Raise Student Achievement by Ensuring there is an Effective Teacher in Every Classroom – Research shows that an effective teacher can have an extraordinary impact on a student’s learning and growth.  MBAE believes an effective teacher evaluation system is a critical tool that can be used to ensure we have a high quality teacher at the head of every classroom.  This fact sheet describes Massachusetts’ current educator evaluation system and provides recommendations for how the system must change to ensure that every child receives an excellent public education.

Public Comment on the Report of the Task Force on Evaluation of Teachers and Leaders – At the March 22 meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, MBAE expressed its disagreement with the vague and limited recommendations of the Task Force and proposed that student achievement be the central feature of evaluation.

MBAE Remarks to Board of Elementary and Secondary Education – MBAE had the opportunity on February 28, 2011 to present its views as a member of the Educator Evaluation Task Force on the progress being made to redesign the Massachusetts educator evaluation system to, among other things, include student achievement as the most significant factor.

Human Capital in the Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers – MBAE and the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, and conclude that while the district has many smart, strategic policies already in place, improving teacher rules could help the district do more to attract and retain effective teachers.

School Finance

Municipal Health Care Reform – MBAE testified at a hearing of the Public Service Committee on March 8, 2011 that cutting municipal health care costs has become an education issue based on findings from our school finance study.

School Funding Reality: A Bargain Not Kept – This study examines how the Massachusetts foundation budget meets original expectations for education reform as well as current school needs.

Race to the Top

Year 1 Race to the Top: An Education Progress Report – Have we met our first year benchmarks and are we on track to deliver results?  This report analyzes the state’s performance in the first year of this ambitious initiative.

MBAE Summary of Round 2 Application for Race to the Top – MBAE offers a concise summary of Massachusetts’ second application for historic Race to the Top funds.

MBAE Supports Round 2 Application for Race to the Top – MBAE’s letter of support for  the Massachusetts Race to the Top application pledges our organization’s assistance and participation in making the most of this opportunity to increase college and career readiness, ensure effective teachers and leaders in every school, and help our lowest performing schools and districts raise student achievement.

How Does Massachusetts Stack Up Against Round 1 RTTT Winners? – This chart compares Massachusetts’ Round 1 Race to the Top application to the winning applications of Tennessee and Delaware.

Where is the Money Going?  Race to the Top Budget BreakdownAs part of its commitment to inform the business community about the allocation and impact of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, MBAE has analyzed sections of the state’s Race to the Top application and budget, and summarized how the state proposes to spend $250 million.

Economic Stimulus Funding for Massachusetts

Economic Stimulus Funds Offer Opportunities to Massachusetts – MBAE maintains an updated summary of key funding opportunities available to Massachusetts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These federal grant programs offer more than financial resources – these also can spur progress in our education reform efforts to ensure every child a high quality education that will prepare them for success!

Massachusetts Plans Data Reforms Using Federal Stimulus Funds – In the Phase II application for State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF), Massachusetts has outlined plans for further development of its education data systems infrastructure and reforms to make education data more accessible to educators and the public. Massachusetts previously received approximately $725 Million from the SFSF Phase I, and was awarded an additional $268 Million in Phase II.

Education Reform

Every Child a Winner – In 1991, MBAE proposed this detailed reform plan as the basis for what would ultimately become the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act. In it, MBAE calls for high standards, accountability for performance, and equitable distribution of resources among school districts.

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