News & Resources

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 […]
June 11, 2018

Work+EDU Event to Focus on Alignment

MBAE is excited to take a leading role in the upcoming Work+EDU, a forum for leaders in education, workforce development, and industry to share ideas for redesigning our learning ecosystems to meet the demands of the regions’ fastest growing industries. MBAE’s Executive Director Linda Noonan will lead a plenary session […]
June 8, 2018

Mass Education Secretary to meet with MBAE Affiliates on June 27th

MBAE invites members of our affiliate network to join us on Wednesday, June 27th for a meeting with Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.  To register for the event or if you’re interested in becoming an MBAE Affiliate, contact Ryan Flynn, MBAE’s Director of Affiliate Growth and Strategy.  
May 30, 2018

A Model for School Funding Reforms

The Denver Public School’s recently released budget document, the Budget Transparency Guidebook, provides detailed information about how the district spends its money, breaking down how much goes directly to schools, how much is spent centrally and for what services, and how much each service costs per student.  In a Chalkbeat […]
May 29, 2018

Closing the Skills Gap with Credentials

New Regional Labor Market Blueprints created for the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative by teams of educators, workforce and labor market development professionals in seven regions across Massachusetts identify workforce trends and challenges as well as growth strategies for key industries.  Across all regions, finding and retaining talent is a […]
May 21, 2018

New Accountability Regulations Don’t Define School Rankings

The proposed regulations governing K-12 public school and district accountability and assistance in Massachusetts have been under review for several months by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and include some significant shifts.  The most salient is abandoning the five level pyramid that ranked schools, and thereby districts, […]
April 11, 2018

Massachusetts Leads the Nation on NAEP…But It Isn’t Enough

Yesterday’s biennial release of NAEP scores show that while the Commonwealth continues to rank #1 on The Nation’s Report Card, a deeper look at the data shows we have more to worry about than to crow about. Last week, when Massachusetts leaders celebrated 25 years of education reform with a […]
March 29, 2018

Federal law requires reporting of per pupil spending by school

Amidst the current debate about school funding in Massachusetts and growing calls for spending more, comes a potentially game-changing new federal requirement that will bring greater transparency to school spending.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed with bi-partisan support by Congress in 2015, requires states to report per pupil […]
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, […]
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 […]
February 17, 2017

Jill Norton and Linda Noonan Discuss Massachusetts’ Learning Standards [Podcast]

In this podcast from EdTech Times, Jill Norton, the Director of Education Policy for Abt Associates, and Linda Noonan discuss the skills students need for success and the connection between learning standards and what is required in the workplace. Linda also comments on the process currently underway to update the […]
September 29, 2016

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 6, 2016

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.  […]
February 19, 2016

“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 19, 2016

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 […]
November 16, 2015

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 […]
May 26, 2015

PARCC Hearings Underway

Last month, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that it would hold public forums across the state to give the public an opportunity to share their views about replacing MCAS exams with PARCC student assessments. The first forum, held April 28 in Fitchburg, addressed general test administration issues while a second […]
February 11, 2015

MCAS v PARCC as Indicators of College and Career Readiness

This year, Massachusetts will make a decision as monumental as the one made in 1993 when the Commonwealth adopted standards-based education reforms that propelled us to the top of the nation on many measures of student achievement.  Our choice will be whether to continue with the state’s own Massachusetts Comprehensive […]
February 5, 2015

Building on What Works

Massachusetts’ economic vitality and  leadership in innovation depend on the state staying ahead of the national curve in education.  The business community must do all we can to keep our foot on the pedal of progress.  Over the past two decades, we have learned a lot about what all students need […]
January 22, 2015

Educating Your Future Workforce: A Call to Action for Employers

Of all the policy imperatives facing the Baker administration, there is none more relevant to our economic future than public education.  Preparing future generations with the knowledge demands of our 21st century economy is perhaps the most critical component of our economic success.  Unfortunately, our shortfalls in this area are becoming […]
November 4, 2014

New Vision Project Report Warns of Future Shortages

The Department of Higher Education’s latest Vision Project report sounded the alarm for more college graduates in the Commonwealth. The threat to Massachusetts is a “perfect storm” of contrasts, with our economy’s need for more college graduates increasing at a time when the number of high school graduates is projected […]
July 30, 2014

Higher Education’s Role in Standards and Assessments

Each week, the Department of Higher Education issues a weekly digest of news clips that provides updates on what is going on at various campuses around the state.  This week, the digest (subscribe at the DHE website link above) also provided some interesting perspectives on  the Common Core and PARCC. […]
July 29, 2014

Public Higher Education Fuels Massachusetts Economy

Our public higher education institutions provide exemplary learning opportunities at an affordable cost for their students, but they provide so much more. In a newsletter from the UMASS Economic Development Office, the office cites a recent study released by the UMass Donahue Institute which found that the University of Massachusetts […]
July 14, 2014

New Standards Require a New Assessment

The early deadline for districts’ to choose giving the PARCC test or the now 17-year-old MCAS exam next school year has passed. As of June 30th, 297 districts have made a binding decision of which assessment to administer next spring with 176 districts choosing PARCC, and 121 choosing MCAS. In […]
June 22, 2014

Teacher Prep Review Charts Course to Improvement

  For the second year, the National Council on Teacher Quality has reviewed 2400 teacher education programs across the country and found many lacking.  Findings released last week reveal mixed results for Massachusetts.  The good news is that the Commonwealth is making progress by instituting some of the policies shown to make a […]
June 19, 2014

MA Department of Higher Ed Joins Higher Standards Coalition

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and a dozen college and university presidents announced last week that they have “joined more than 200 college and university leaders from 30 states in a new coalition, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, to mobilize in support of the Common Core State Standards.”  In […]
May 19, 2014

Prepared for College? Massachusetts 12th Grade NAEP Results

There is a new measure from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tying 12th grade results to college preparedness.  In 2009, for the first time, NAEP reported state results for 12th Graders from 11 volunteer pilot states including Massachusetts, as well as overall national results.  At that time we […]
May 18, 2014

Beacon Hill Update

Budget Moves to Senate; House to Act on Bill to Improve Student Achievement May is always a busy month, but it is especially so this year as legislators work to complete the Massachusetts Budget for fiscal year 2015 and wrap up action on bills for the 2013-14 session before the […]