News & Resources

October 23, 2018

Sign Up for Our 11/28-29 Education Finance Seminar with Edunomics Lab, Georgetown Univ.

School funding is a hot topic in Massachusetts that will only heat up when the Legislature reconvenes in January. Do you know how management decisions, wide-ranging policies and resource allocation intersect to impact student success across multiple contexts including your own?  Join us for this two-day interdisciplinary program combining finance, economics and […]
October 16, 2018

Growing Middle Skills Jobs

New research by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs, finds that two out of three jobs nationally demand at least some education or training beyond high school – in Massachusetts, the number approaches 3 out of 4! In addition, the study […]
October 15, 2018

Digital Equity Walk Comes to the MA STEM Summit

We’re presenting the Digital Equity Walk at the 2018 Massachusetts STEM Summit on Wednesday, November 14. You can register to attend the STEM Summit here.  MBAE’s Digital Equity Walk is a 45-90 minute interactive activity featuring visual presentations of data which highlight where access to computer science coursework is inequitable, […]
October 10, 2018

New school report cards should empower communities

Just like students, schools get a report card each year. And, like a student’s report card, the school report card should create urgency for action when the news isn’t good. By providing easily accessible information on how well a school is serving its students, report cards can be a powerful […]
October 5, 2018

Credentials Can Help with College Costs

A recent article highlights the growing financial burden students and families take on in order for students to earn a college degree. According to the Value of Education survey conducted by HSBC, students are working more hours and spending less time in “lectures, the library or studying at home” in […]
October 4, 2018

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Joins MBAE Affiliate Network

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has signed on as an MBAE Affiliate, signaling its commitment to ensuring all students get the education they need to be successful in college and career. The […]
September 25, 2018

Changes at MBAE

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m often told how critical MBAE’s voice is in our state’s efforts to deliver the high quality education every child deserves.  We’re known for rejecting the status quo when it is failing, challenging the system to act boldly, and bringing valued perspectives and important evidence to […]
August 16, 2018

MBAE Elects Four New Members to Board of Directors

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) has elected four new members to its Board of Directors.  The new directors are: ·       Roberto Cabral, Global Product Manager, GE Healthcare Life Sciences ·       Emerson Foster, Vice President of Human Resources, Sodexo ·       Rebecca Fracassa, Director of Community Impact, Comcast ·       Axel […]
August 15, 2018

Mass. Society of Certified Public Accountants Joins MBAE Affiliate Network

MBAE is pleased to announce the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants has joined our fast-growing Affiliate Network which now counts 29 members representing more than 24,000 employers across the state.  MBAE Affiliates share our commitment to ensuring that ALL students get the education they need to be successful in […]
August 2, 2018

Supporting CVTE and Aligning School to Career

MBAE has long been a supporter of career and vocational technical education and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which was reauthorized by Congress and signed into law on July 31, 2018. MBAE was one of nearly 500 corporations, business associations, state and local chambers and allied […]
August 1, 2018

Legislature Fails to Reach Consensus on School Spending

There were high expectations that the legislature would act on findings of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) to adjust the foundation budget for health insurance, special education, English Language Learners and low income students to increase funding by about $1 billion over five years. As a member of […]
July 27, 2018

Focus on Teacher Prep Brings Results

Three messages arrived in my inbox this morning pertaining to educator preparation. MBAE has considered teacher training a key lever for strengthening education and raising student performance since we worked with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) on reports on human capital policies in Boston and Springfield many years […]
July 23, 2018

MBAE Participates in Regional Effort to Identify High-Value Credentials

MBAE is pleased to participate in a recently launched initiative from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) to identify high-value credentials in key growth industries and make this information more readily available to the public via the Credential Engine platform. The High Value Credentials for New England initiative, […]
July 13, 2018

Worcester Chamber program creates pathways to manufacturing careers

Central Massachusetts employers overwhelmingly identify finding and retaining talent as their top challenge. The issue is especially acute in the advanced manufacturing sector, where an anticipated wave of retirements in the coming years is expected to lead to more than 20,000 short-term openings in middle-skill jobs like CNC machinist, quality […]
June 27, 2018

Increasing Access and Equity in Computer Science

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has taken long overdue action to expand access to computer science with a vote at its June 26 meeting letting districts count computer science courses for graduation.  The courses must include rigorous mathematical or scientific concepts in order to be substituted for […]
June 27, 2018

Ed Secretary Meets with MBAE Affiliates

MBAE affiliates met with Secretary of Education Jim Peyser on Wednesday to discuss affiliate priorities and the Baker Administration’s agenda, in a discussion that focused on empowering educators to drive school improvement, increasing student exposure to growing industries while still in school, and promoting access to STEM education, especially for […]
June 27, 2018

New Accountability System Approved

On Tuesday, June 26, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved new regulations for the accountability system that ranks Massachusetts schools and districts according to student performance and other factors.  MBAE considers accountability a critical tool to inform action to improve schools and ensure equity in educational opportunities. […]
June 25, 2018

Creating Opportunities for Students to Earn Industry Recognized Credentials in HS

In an opening presentation at work+EDU, a June 20th conference in Boston focused on bridging the gap between education and jobs, WorkingNation president Jane Oates showed how the demands of the workforce are changing at an unprecedented pace and remarked we should all feel “rational panic” about the need for […]
June 22, 2018

WBUR Poll Gauges Voter Attitudes About Education

The headline of the WBUR poll reads “Most Massachusetts Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes to Support Local Schools”, but that is not the only finding that makes this poll interesting.  The poll also gauged voter attitudes about whether their schools needed to change.    MassINC Polling Group President Steve Koczela, who […]
June 20, 2018

Our position on proposals to increase school funding

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that the “Millionaires Tax” does NOT meet the requirements to appear on the November ballot eliminating the possibility of billions of new revenue for education and transportation. We don’t expect, however, that the ruling will silence the growing calls for an increase […]
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 […]
July 1, 1991

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. This “grand bargain” has been credited with driving the improvements […]