September 29, 2016
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MCAS 2.0 Delay a Cause for Concern

About this time last year, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) was deciding whether to replace the state’s MCAS exam with a new assessment called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness). MBAE, after commissioning research comparing MCAS and PARCC that concluded the latter was a […]
July 7, 2016
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From the Desk of Linda Noonan – July 8, 2016

On July 1, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a major victory to students and teachers when it issued a ruling that the initiative petition to repeal the Common Core State Standards did not meet legal requirements to appear on the November ballot. High standards for learning, to be met […]
July 6, 2016
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MBAE Remembers Bob Fraser

Bob Fraser was with MBAE at the start and he stayed with us until his death last week at 87.  He was a leader of the Massachusetts business community when he joined forces with Jack Rennie to bring the clout of employers to bear on improving the state’ public schools.  […]
July 1, 2016
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SJC Overturns AG’s Certification of Common Core Ballot Question

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling today in favor of the ten plaintiffs who appealed the Attorney General’s certification of the ballot measure that would repeal the common core education standards in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education applauds the SJC decision, which confirms the question does […]
June 16, 2016
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(Young) Women in STEM [Video]

Chelmsford public school students rock this amusing and entertaining video, entitled Girls are All About that Math (All about that bass) and produced by Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, Chelmsford’s K-12 Mathematics Department Coordinator. The video features students, primarily a small unit of girls in and out of white lab coats, singing […]
June 7, 2016
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“Test data should be used in teacher evaluations”

Editorials from The Boston Globe and Boston Herald support using student achievement data in teacher evaluations. The editorials come in the wake of a Massachusetts Senate budget amendment that would “eliminate a state regulation instructing school districts to use student performance data, such as improvement in MCAS test scores, when […]
May 20, 2016
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Challenge Filling Jobs

In this issue:  MBAE Members in Action | News Worth Highlighting “In the first five years of the 2010 Challenge, we’ve learned that creating jobs is not the constraint; filling them is.  Massachusetts companies cannot fill current open job requisitions and in many cases are locating jobs in other regions […]
March 23, 2016
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Harvard Study Shows Educator Support for Common Core

“I firmly believe that the Common Core State Standards provide a strong foundation for a high quality STEM education,” Revere High School math teacher Will Schwartz, also a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship, told the Joint Committee on Education at a Public Hearing on March […]
March 23, 2016
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Harvard on Common Core

In this issue:  Harvard Study Shows Educator Support for Common Core | MBAE Supports Vocational-Technical Education Proposals | News Worth Highlighting “I firmly believe that the Common Core State Standards provide a strong foundation for a high quality STEM education,” Revere High School math teacher Will Schwartz, also a recipient […]
March 7, 2016
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MBAE Testimony Before the Joint Committee on Education

On behalf of the MBAE Board of Directors, Treasurer and Board Member Joseph E. Esposito presents testimony today before Senate Chair Sonia Chang-Diaz, House Chair Alice Peisch, and members of the Joint Committee on Education opposing H.3929 – An Act Relative to Ending Common Core Education Standards. Read or download […]
March 3, 2016
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Judges Needed for 67th Annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair

MIT is hosting the 67th annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair in the Rockwell Cage on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. This statewide event features the highest quality projects accomplished by students from all over Massachusetts. Project categories include behavioral science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, […]
February 24, 2016
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Workforce Challenges

In this issue:  Public Comment on Draft Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards | MCAS 2.0 – Stakeholder Input | Financial Literacy Summit A recent Boston Globe story underscores the critical need for reinvention of our K-12 education system. Baby boomer retirements may slow Mass. economic growth reports that “By […]
February 19, 2016
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“Students who pass state graduation tests still unprepared for college”

  This story, produced by The Hechinger Report and featured on PBS NewsHour, examines “…a perplexing situation that contributes to the rising cost and low success rate of higher education nationwide: Students pass state tests that say they’re good enough to graduate from high school but colleges consider them unprepared […]
January 28, 2016
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Biz leader calls MBAE a model for Michigan

  In an op-ed piece from the Detroit News, Ken Whipple, calls on Michigan to use MBAE as a model to help fix Detroit and Michigan schools. Read the op-ed here
January 28, 2016
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Common Core Ballot Question Threatens Student Progress

Flying mostly under the radar in recent months, the ballot measure that would repeal the Common Core has escaped the close examination it deserves.  If passed, it would have a devastating impact on Massachusetts schools, upending every district in the state by: forcing all schools to go back to using […]
January 27, 2016
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Common Core and Other Hot Topics

In this issue:  Common Core Ballot Question Threatens Student Progress | Beacon Hill Focus on Education | Helping Mentors Prepare Kids for College/Career MBAE, through our Future Ready initiative, is a proud member of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education, a group that believes every child should have access to […]
January 26, 2016
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Statement on Appeal of AG Certification of Common Core Ballot Question

  (Boston) January 22, 2016 — The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) supports the taxpayers’ appeal of the Attorney General’s certification of the Common Core Ballot Initiative Petition 15-12 to the Supreme Judicial Court for three reasons: First, we believe Common Core Initiative Petition 15-12 failed to meet the […]
January 25, 2016
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“Group appeals certification of Common Core ballot question”

In this article from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Scott O’Connell reports on the taxpayer complaint filed with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court opposing certification of the Common Core ballot question. MBAE chairman of the board, Bill Walczak, is one of ten plaintiffs named in the appeal. Read the full […]
January 24, 2016
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Graduation Rates Rise

Last week,  the good news was that Massachusetts’ high school graduation rate had improved for the 9th consecutive year with 87.3% of students who entered 9th grade in 2011 getting a diploma four years later.  It was also encouraging news that the dropout rate dropped to 1.9% with 400 fewer students leaving […]
January 22, 2016
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Vocational Technical Education Key to Being Future Ready

When MBAE convened focus groups of employers ten years ago, we heard a clear preference for hiring vocational school graduates – in many cases over job candidates with a college degree. Our Preparing for the Future report details the skills employers are still seeking and our subsequent report, Educating a […]
November 13, 2012

Lessons from Finland

MBAE has been pleased to public blog posts from members of the Massachusetts education delegation to Finland and Sweden.  Last week, almost a month after our trip, some of us presented our “take aways” to members of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees […]
November 7, 2012

Visit to a Swedish Charter School

This guest blog shares “random commentary on what we learned” by Maureen LaCroix, Retired Superintendent of Schools, The MA Delegation to Finland and Sweden Visits Gymnasium School: Viktor Rydberg High School Private School Run by a Foundation Background This is a foundation sponsored charter school. Other charter schools in Sweden […]
October 12, 2012

Cornerstones of Education Policy in Finland

After two school visits in Finland, we visited government officials and Helsinki University to learn about teacher preparation education. Then it was off to Sweden via overnight ferry! What a trip! Some reflections from a busy couple of days: Our meeting with the National Board of Education (which roughly compares […]
October 11, 2012

Entering Teaching Profession in Finland a Rigorous Process

This guest post by Emily Parks, Assistant Superintendent in Westwood Public Schools, is another in a series by members of the Massachusetts Education Delegation touring Finland. During our time in Finland, again and again, we have heard from Finnish educators and policy-makers about a pervasive culture of trust.  We keep asking […]
October 9, 2012

Finnish Culture’s Influence on Education System

This guest post by Massachusetts State Representative Jennifer Benson is another in a series by members of the Massachusetts Education Delegation as they tour Finland. After 2 days, 2 school visits and a meeting at the National Board of Education I have begun shaping some impressions on the Finnish educational system, and […]
October 8, 2012

Perspective Matters

MBAE welcomes this guest blog post from Julia de la Torre, Executive Director of Primary Source, one of the organizations that has organized the Massachusetts Education Delegation’s tour to Finland.   Every  time I step foot outside of my home country, I realize how critically important it is to assume […]
October 8, 2012

Visit to the Lauttasaari School

Our tired but cheerful group arrived at Helsinki yesterday at 5:30 p.m. after about 13 hours of traveling. We enjoyed a salmon dinner and good night’s sleep and were ready to go this morning! My day started with a visit to the Lauttasaari Comprehensive and Upper Secondary School, which is […]
October 6, 2012

Lessons from Finland

Finland is known as an international success story as a result of reforms instituted decades ago that led to top scores on the PISA exams. A good summary of their “whatever it takes” attitude is in this Smithsonian Magazine article. How does Finland do it? That’s what a delegation of […]