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 […]
January 28, 2016

Common Core Ballot Question Threatens Student Progress

Flying mostly under the radar in recent months, the ballot measure that would repeal the Common Core has escaped the close examination it deserves.  If passed, it would have a devastating impact on Massachusetts schools, upending every district in the state by: forcing all schools to go back to using […]
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 […]
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 2, 2015

Presidential Politics and the Common Core

Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success recently shared some information we think is worth repeating.  This blog post draws heavily on that information. With the 2016 presidential campaign already gaining steam, some presidential candidates who originally supported Common Core are now having to explain . In Iowa last weekend, […]
February 1, 2015

The Patriots and the Common Core

As a Boston sports fan, I may not be a totally objective observer of “Deflategate”, but I find myself very ticked off at the innuendo, sniping and sore sportsmanship demonstrated in attacks on the Patriots. One of the motivations I see behind the attempts to portray the team as “cheaters” is pure jealousy and contempt […]
February 9, 2014

Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”                                               […]
February 3, 2014

College and Career Ready Standards and New Assessments Move MA Forward

Despite a steady stream of misinformation in recent weeks, the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks that include the Common Core State Standards will better prepare students for higher education and the workplace.  For the record:   When nearly 40% of MA students require remedial coursework upon entering college, when gains in […]
January 29, 2014

State Budget Redux

With Race to the Top and other federal funding initiatives winding down this academic year, state policy makers and school leaders are grappling with the challenge of sustaining this work with declining resources.  So, we were interested to see how the Governor’s FY15 budget proposal might address this dilemma.  Unfortunately, […]
December 23, 2013

Transition to New College and Career Ready Assessments Has Begun

The 1993 Education Reform Act (that has been credited with raising student achievement in Massachusetts to the top of the nation) had as two of its core principles high standards and an accountability system for measuring whether these standards were being met. So, it is not surprising that three years […]
May 20, 2013

Positive Signs for Teacher Evaluation Progress

Although MBAE has expressed skepticism about the cumbersome new model system that Massachusetts has developed to implement new teacher evaluation regulations, recent news from the state’s two largest districts – Boston and Springfield – give us reason to be cautiously optimistic that we were wrong. SPRINGFIELD – In October 2011, […]
March 12, 2013

Early Childhood Education Commissioner Departs With Legacy of Accomplishment

MBAE has the good fortune to be located in the same office space as Strategies for Children, an organization that works to ensure that all children have access to high quality early childhood education and become proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.  We rely on their knowledge of […]
March 9, 2012

New York State Website Tracks Educator Evaluation Progress

With the introduction this week of a new state-sponsored website that tracks each New York school districts progress on implementing teacher evaluation, Governor Andrew Cuomo once again puts the pressure on to get teacher evaluation implemented across the state. The new website tracks progress in each district showing a checked […]
December 17, 2011

Massachusetts Wins Early Learning Challenge Grant

Massachusetts got more good news – and potentially as much as $50 million – when the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Commonwealth is one of nine Early Learning Challenge Grant winners.   Exact award amounts are expected to be announced soon for the 4-year grants to expand pre-school education […]
November 16, 2011

Is Massachusetts on Track to Meet Race to the Top Goals?

One year ago, Massachusetts was awarded a $250 million Race to the Top grant that required implementation of far-reaching and some controversial policies with the goal of completing the unfinished work of education reform – closing achievement gaps and raising student achievement to the levels demanded by our global economy.  […]
June 28, 2011

A New Beginning for Educator Evaluation

With what some members called a “game changing” vote today, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved new regulations that will make student performance a “significant factor” for the first time in the evaluation of teachers and administrators.    MBAE’s position during the year-long process of development of these […]
June 23, 2011

Teacher Prep is Key to Growing Effective Teachers

Next Tuesday, June 28, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on proposed new regulations for evaluating teachers and administrators in Massachusetts.  In accordance with requirements of Race to the Top, the new rules will make student achievement a “significant factor” for the first time.   MBAE has been […]
June 8, 2011

MBAE Featured in Report from Institute for a Competitive Workforce

A report out today from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) says that business must get more involved in education reform if we want to achieve the dramatic change that is needed to ensure that every child gets a quality education.  The report, Partnership Is a Two-Way Street: What […]
May 29, 2011

Early Education’s Chance to Race to the Top

Last week, the the Obama administration announced the inclusion of a $500 million Early Learning Challenge in the next round of the administration’s Race to the Top program to be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services.   This partnership in itself is exciting […]
April 12, 2011

What’s Next for the Common Core? A Look at Assessments

This morning, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, held the second in a series of three forums to examine the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Massachusetts.  At our first session in February, a distinguished panel of educators and […]
April 5, 2011

Over $2 billion in federal ARRA money has been awarded to MA, where has it all gone?

At the beginning of the year, I raised concerns about whether ARRA funds are really making a difference in advancing education reform efforts in Massachusetts.  Since then, I’ve dug deeper into where all the money has gone and I’ve found that we are still waiting for investments in reform efforts […]