October 11, 2017

Prep Students for Success; MBAE Adds Board Members

In this issue: Preparing Students for Success | Business Groups Oppose Testing Moratorium, Rollback of Education Reforms | MBAE Elects Four New Board Members | In the News In meetings and at forums over the past several months, the consistent message we hear from employers is we can and must […]
October 11, 2017

MBAE Elects 4 New Board Members

MBAE is pleased to announce the election of four new, exceptional leaders to our Board of Directors. We welcome  Rebecca Frisch, Vice President, Government Relations and Co-Chair TD Bank’s Southern New England Diversity Council, Jacqui Lipson, Vice President, PreK-12 Education at Widmeyer Communications, Syed Quadri, Senior ASIC design verification engineer […]
September 12, 2017

Biz groups unite to oppose rollback of ed reforms

MBAE and its 22 Business Affiliates, along with Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable issued a statement today opposing bills that would place a three-year moratorium on statewide standardized testing and gut the state’s education accountability system. At an Education Committee Hearing on […]
September 5, 2017

MBAE Calls for More Autonomy for School Leaders to Innovate

Any successful organization –whether a business or a school – needs the authority and flexibility to adapt and respond to the demands of a changing environment.  It is an essential tool in a business owner’s box, and there is ample evidence that schools thrive when they have the same ability […]
September 5, 2017

MBAE Position on Legislation That Would Establish Innovation Partnership Zones

September 5, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) supports giving school leaders, particularly in low-income and struggling districts, the authority and flexibility they need to innovate and decide how to meet the needs and aspirations of their students on a daily basis.   Evidence shows that schools that […]
August 28, 2017

MBAE Celebrates Mitchell Chester’s Life

I was honored to be invited to share some memories of the late Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester at a celebration of his life on August 28th at Harvard’s Memorial Church.  He was a dedicated educator and a friend to MBAE and the business community.  Since I […]
July 28, 2017

Computer Science, School Finance and Summer Reading

In this issue: Prevalence of Tech Jobs in MA Requires K-12 Adjustments | School Finance Topic of Joint Committee on Education Hearing | Summer Reading Congratulations to the Boston Public Schools and Boston Afterschool and Beyond for being selected to receive a four-year grant that will enable them to provide social […]
July 25, 2017

Any Increase to State Education Funding Should Be Tied to Reforms

Proposals to dramatically increase state spending on education come amid significant fiscal challenges facing the state, including $431 million less than expected in tax revenues for the last fiscal year.  We agree education, the foundation of a highly skilled workforce and engaged citizenry, must be a funding priority, but we […]
July 25, 2017

MBAE Position on Proposed Increases in State Education Funding

July 25, 2017 – The legislature is considering bills that would dramatically increase state funding for K-12 schools.  Yet, our problem is not just how much money is allocated, but also how money is spent.  Our current school funding system is out-of-date and undeniably contributes to our failure to prepare […]
July 12, 2017

Job Opportunities Grow, Schools Must Respond

In Massachusetts, most new jobs between 2010 and 2020 will require more than a high school diploma.  High school graduates should be well-prepared to pursue opportunities in our fastest growing fields. A Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation job trends report released in June finds that the industry will need to fill […]
June 27, 2017

Mitchell Chester’s Legacy

Massachusetts education lost a great friend and I lost a valued colleague with the passing of Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. As we at MBAE process this loss, our hearts go out to his family and to our colleagues at DESE who relied on his leadership to […]
June 22, 2017

Fair Share and Education Funding

In this issue:  School Funding Debate Underway on Beacon Hill | Other Items of Interest A Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation job trends report released this month finds that the industry will need to fill 11,600 additional jobs by 2022.  Biotech-related job postings are increasing at a faster rate than Massachusetts […]
May 26, 2017

MBAE & Affiliates Take Action to Protect Reforms that Made MA #1

The MBAE Affiliate Network let Senators know this week why employers oppose Senate budget amendments that would dismantle education reforms that have made Massachusetts number one in the nation in student achievement. The Network urged the Senate to reject budget amendments which are addressed in bills that will be reviewed […]
May 26, 2017

Biz Groups Take Action

In this issue:  Business Groups Take Action on Senate Budget Amendments | MBAE Celebrates and Thanks Former and Outgoing Board Members | Other Items of Interest As MBAE’s Affiliate Network and partners mobilized this week to ensure that EVERY student receives an excellent education, we added three new affiliates – […]
April 25, 2017

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Joins Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education as Affiliate

April 24, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Greater Boston Chamber has joined the growing list of business groups who have become MBAE Affiliates. “Our members share the interests and concerns of employers across the state […]
April 13, 2017

Helping Students Reach Their Dreams [VIDEO]

MBAE-led Future Ready Massachusetts has launched a crowdfunding campaign to translate the Future Ready Mentor Toolkit. The Mentor Toolkit is a resource for parents and other influential adults designed to help students plan for success during and after high school. Future Ready has already reached over 11,000 students, families, mentors and […]
March 29, 2017

Massachusetts Plans for Every Student to Succeed

Massachusetts has an education accountability system that has served it well – catapulting our state on many national and international measures to the top in the nation in student achievement.  The most recent version was designed in 2008 in collaboration with stakeholders, including MBAE, represented on the initial Accountability and […]
March 2, 2017

MBAE and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Focus on Education

(Boston) March 2, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in New England, announced today that the Worcester Chamber has signed on as MBAE’s first business “Affiliate” signaling its commitment to driving education improvements that will ensure all […]
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 […]
February 15, 2017

Our Policy Agenda

In this issue:  MBAE 2017-2018 Policy Priorities | Speaker DeLeo’s Early Ed Proposal | Supporting Excellent Teaching As the legislative session gets underway, MBAE shares concerns raised in a Boston Globe Editorial on Sunday about a bill that would roll back education reforms that have made Massachusetts number one in […]
October 27, 2016

“Why Massachusetts schools beat Rhode Island”

This article from the Providence Journal, comparing the differences between Massachusetts’s and Rhode Island’s education reforms, makes reference to the early work of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education under Jack Rennie’s vision and leadership. It also states that “test scores are stagnant and big gaps remain in student achievement,” […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 17, 2015

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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 […]
October 30, 2015

Fordham Institute Compares PARCC and MCAS Tests – MBAE Statement

Download and print the MBAE statement here Statement in Response to Fordham Institute Report Comparing PARCC and MCAS Tests Statement can be attributed to Linda Noonan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) October 30, 2015 – Today’s Fordham Institute study confirms what educators and previous research has found […]
October 29, 2015

Editorial Urges MA to Adopt PARCC

In an editorial, the Cape Cod Times urges Massachusetts to retain its two hundred year legacy as the national leader in education reform “by adopting PARCC as the new measure of student readiness and achievement.” In its editorial, the Times cites a recent survey in which “more than two-thirds of […]
October 26, 2015

“Educators urge state board to adopt PARCC exam”

The Lowell Sun reports that “a group of 18 leading educators have signed their names to a push to keep the PARCC option alive.” According to the story, picked up from the State House News Service, the educators call PARCC a “superior assessment” and “are continuing to fight for the state […]
October 23, 2015

“PARCC advocates firm in support of test despite compromise talk”

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that “Despite the state education commissioner’s seeming openness to a compromise plan earlier this week, supporters of the PARCC test who gathered for a press event at the United Way of Central Massachusetts’s offices on Friday don’t plan to give up on the embattled MCAS […]
October 19, 2015

“Adopt PARCC – and ignore the political noise”

This Boston Globe editorial calls on Massachusetts to adopt PARCC stating that “…adopting PARCC promises to provide even better educational results for Massachusetts students. PARCC aligns with the Common Core national academic standards, diminishes the need for ‘teaching to the test,’ and provides more accurate assessments of student progress.”   […]
October 15, 2015

MBAE Response to Report on MCAS and PARCC

Download and print the MBAE statement here (Boston) October 15, 2015 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) appreciates the thorough attention Secretary Peyser and the Executive Office of Education (EOE) are paying to the need to set high standards at every grade level and provide an accurate measure […]
October 15, 2015

MBAE Response to Mathematica Policy Research Study

Download and print the MBAE statement here (Boston) October 14, 2015 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education today rejected suggestions that simply raising the bar for math on the MCAS could be a serious alternative to the higher standards of the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) test, urging state education officials […]
July 8, 2015

What is Student Data?

The Data Quality Campaign, a national nonprofit that supports the use of data to improve student achievement, provides the answer in this short video that we are pleased to share.   It is important for all of us to keep the facts about data in mind as the debate about assessments in […]
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 […]
May 26, 2015

Comparing MCAS and PARCC – A Look at the Test Questions

MBAE’s longtime commitment to high standards for learning and an assessment system that measures student progress and holds school systems accountable for performance compelled us to pay close attention to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in Massachusetts.   Similarly, we, and the employers we represent, have a lot at […]