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 […]
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 […]
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 […]