On February 2, Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) in partnership with MBAE and Springfield Business Leaders for Education hosted a community forum at the MassMutual Center in Springfield to discuss the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Massachusetts education policy.
In her closing remarks, Linda Noonan emphasizes that any new accountability measures and data the state of Massachusetts adopts must ensure career and college readiness for all students, stating:
“The kinds of things that employers have told us are the most important skills and knowledge that students have is the ability to learn how to learn throughout their lifetime. We are educating kids for a world that doesn’t exist. It’s rapidly changing and they’re going to need to adapt over and over as citizens, as community members, and as employees and leaders in the community.”