News & Resources

June 20, 2018

Our position on proposals to increase school funding

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 in […]
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 […]
March 27, 2018

Preparing for the Interview

An interview is simply a conversation. The rules for a successful conversation therefore also hold true for interviews, including: 1. Don’t interrupt, 2. Balance talking with listening, 3. Be honest, and 4. Take time to formulate your thoughts before answering the tough questions. Remember, if it’s the resume gets you […]
March 1, 2018

Expanding Access to Career Vocational Technical Education

MBAE is a member of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE), a broad-based association of diverse partners from across Massachusetts that seeks to increase access to high quality vocational education for middle and high school students in the Commonwealth—a mission supported by MBAE. The Alliance has worked over the […]
January 30, 2018

BESE Recommends Jeff Riley for Commissioner

Statement by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Vote to Recommend Jeff Riley for Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education January 29, 2018 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) congratulates Jeff Riley, current Receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools, on […]
January 29, 2018

Broadening Computer Science Participation in MA

I recently attended the 2018 ECEP Alliance (Expanding Computing Education Pathways) Annual Meeting representing business as a member of the Massachusetts team along with representatives from K-12 and higher education. This year’s meeting took place in Atlanta, Georgia where teams from 17 states and Puerto Rico discussed strategies that will […]
December 20, 2017

MBAE Urges State to Take Action on Computer Science

Technology jobs are no longer relegated to the high tech industry.  Jobs requiring computer science skills can be found across many industries including retail, healthcare and finance.  Studies by Burning Glass Technologies on the digital skills employers demand for workers have found that in the middle-skill job market a job […]
November 20, 2017

MBAE’s Take on Transition in Lawrence; New MCAS Results

In this issue: MBAE’s Take on the Transition in Lawrence | MCAS Scores May Signify We’re on the Right Track | Members in Action: IBM’s Free Math Tool for Teachers | In the News A new analysis from the D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education demonstrates in a compelling infographic that […]
October 18, 2017

Low MCAS Scores Signal We May Finally Be Measuring the Right Things

The 2017 MCAS scores have been released and headlines are blaring that the scores have gone down.  This is actually good news! Massachusetts finally retired the old MCAS test that was designed in the 1990’s to measure basic proficiency, ensuring that all students were educated to the same minimum level.  […]
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 […]
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 […]