January 28, 2016
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Biz leader calls MBAE 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 Read more *Summaries: MBAE, through our Future Ready initiative, is a proud member of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education, a group that believes every child should […]
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 last Saturday’s 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 […]
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 […]
January 19, 2016
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MBAE Joins TeachStrong

There is ample evidence that teachers are the most important in-school factor in student learning and achievement.   One of MBAE’s key priorities is ensuring a highly effective teacher in every classroom every year for every child. We have advocated for policies in Massachusetts at the state and district levels that will […]
January 4, 2016
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Fortune magazine examines the Common Core

Fortune magazine’s January 1, 2016 cover story, Business Gets Schooled, explores how Common Core has become so politicized and what the implications are for business in America. Read the full story here
December 17, 2015
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New Responsibilities and Opportunities

In this issue: State education policy grows more important | MCAS 2.0 and a new resource for parents | Looking ahead Read more *Summaries: As 2015 comes to a close, we want to thank you – our readers, supporters, partners and friends – for all you do to help us […]
December 15, 2015
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Will “Every Student Succeeds Act” Leave No Child Behind?

Like every other education policy-focused organization, we’ve been spending time analyzing and trying to understand what the long-overdue re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as “No Child Left Behind“, means for Massachusetts. A lot has already been written about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law at a […]
November 19, 2015
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Ready. Set. Prepared! [Video]

Isn’t this what employers and parents want and expect from our public education system? Here is an important message we’d like to share, courtesy of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce, about how what students learn today develops their skills for tomorrow. It is one reason why standards and assessments should […]
November 17, 2015
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MBAE Response to November 17, 2015 BESE Vote on PARCC

Download and print the MBAE statement here (Boston) November 17, 2015 – MBAE is pleased the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has acknowledged that MCAS has outlived its usefulness, but disappointed that the vote postpones the implementation of one, high quality assessment statewide for another year. We are […]
November 16, 2015
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MBAE Testifies for One Test – PARCC

MBAE will be issuing a strong call for making a one-test decision rather than taking what The Boston Globe today called the “politically expedient” hybrid option at the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education later today. As we’ve said before, the Commissioner’s recommendation to put the student assessment decision on hold while […]
November 16, 2015
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“Drop hybrid testing approach: Use PARCC”

This refreshingly candid and balanced analysis from the Boston Globe’s editorial board of Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommendation to the Board of ESE that Massachusetts adopt a hybrid assessment built from elements of MCAS and PARCC concludes: “The state clearly wants to “split the baby” for political reasons, but the […]
November 15, 2015
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Impartial Reports Favor PARCC

As the decision about student assessments for Massachusetts approached, a number of studies were done looking at how MCAS compared to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).  Here is a summary of those done by reputable researchers who presented an unbiased, evidence-based analysis. Included are […]
November 13, 2015
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“Chester recommends ‘MCAS 2.0′”

Michael Jonas reports on MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s official recommendation to the Board of ESE that Massachusetts adopt a new student assessment that would be a hybrid of MCAS and PARCC. What remains unclear is how much of either assessment will influence the […]
November 13, 2015
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“Call it MCAS 2.0”

Jeremy Fox reports on the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s endorsement to the ESE Board of a new student assessment that combines elements of both MCAS and PARCC. “Chester’s proposal sets the stage for the first assessment overhaul in nearly two decades. But it […]
November 12, 2015
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MBAE Response to Commissioner Chester’s Recommendation for a Next-Generation MCAS

Download and print the MBAE statement here (Boston) November 12, 2015 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is pleased that Commissioner Mitchell Chester recognizes it’s time to replace the current MCAS with an assessment more relevant for the world in which our students live. The Commissioner’s proposal to […]
November 12, 2015
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Time to Move to PARCC

The Mass Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will make a major decision regarding standardized testing for the Commonwealth next Tuesday, November 17th. Massachusetts led standards-based education reform twenty years ago by establishing the highest set of education standards in the US, and working with educators and students to support their stepping […]
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 […]