MBAE was established in 1988 by concerned business leaders convinced that the Commonwealth’s public schools needed substantial reform to produce graduates capable of leading a 21st century democracy and economy.
By 1991, MBAE had crafted a comprehensive school reform proposal, Every Child a Winner, that became the framework for the Education Reform Act of 1993, a national model for standards-based reform that has produced significant results. Over the next two decades, MBAE monitored implementation of the Act, advocated for improvements, focused on interventions to turn around chronically underperforming schools, and represented the business community on the state’s accountability, teacher evaluation and college- and career-readiness task forces. MBAE supported development of the state’s Race to Top proposal, provided independent analysis of the Common Core State Standards, and played a key role in passage of the Act Relative to the Achievement Gap.
In 2014, MBAE released another groundbreaking report, The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years. This blueprint for education redesign concluded that unless we modernize our elementary and secondary education system, we will not have the robust pipeline of skilled workers our knowledge economy demands and a large portion of students will be left on the economic sidelines. The report asserts that Massachusetts can lead the world in educational achievement and equity and lays out evidence-based recommendations for achieving that goal. MBAE is committed to bringing about the changes called for in that report.