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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 20, 2016

“The missing piece of education reform”

In this guest article featured in the most recent issue of Commonwealth Magazine, Ed Moscovitch, chairman and co-founder of the Bay State Reading Institute, presents a detailed discussion of a “key finding about superintendents and principals” and its “enormous implications for state policy.” He says, “The key factor limiting school […]
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.  […]
August 20, 2015

Independence: A Recommendation for School Reform

As we celebrate Independence Day, many school districts are bringing on new leaders who have plans and ambitions for improving the education opportunities for students in their communities.  The Superintendent’s job is a tough one – demanding the skill of a diplomat, savvy of a politician, management ability of a CEO, leadership […]
July 3, 2015

Independence: A Recommendation for School Reform

As we celebrate Independence Day, many school districts are bringing on new leaders who have plans and ambitions for improving the education opportunities for students in their communities.  The Superintendent’s job is a tough one – demanding the skill of a diplomat, savvy of a politician, management ability of a CEO, leadership […]
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 […]
October 27, 2014

Accountability Mistake Impacts Charter Schools

MBAE has been a strong supporter of developing assessments that give students and their families an honest measure of whether a child is performing at grade level.  This is essential to ensure a student is on track to graduate ready to pursue college, career or other pathways without need for […]
July 16, 2014

Legislature Misses Opportunity to Improve Student Achievement

“An Act to Improve Student Achievement” was the title of the original bill that was amended beyond recognition and rejected by the Senate in a 25-14 vote today. That proposal would have built on the 2010 Achievement Gap Act by extending the management flexibilities that have been so critical to […]
June 22, 2014

Transforming Human Capital Key to School Improvement

The Boston Public Schools have a plan for driving improvements in the city’s schools that is both exciting and likely to bring about very positive results for children.  Interim Superintendent John McDonough and Assistant Superintendent for Human Capital Ross Wilson have made a strong commitment to great teachers and school […]
March 24, 2014

New Report Offers A Vision for Education in the Next 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and the business community played a leading role in bringing about changes that propelled our state to the top of the nation on most measures of K-12 education performance.  But we all know that the skills-gap present in our workforce results […]
March 24, 2014

The New Opportunity to Lead

In the Constitution adopted in 1780 and in force today, the people of Massachusetts recognized that the “opportunities and advantages of education” were “necessary for the preservation of their rights had liberties,” and directed the representatives of the people to “cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all […]
July 2, 2012

Key Drivers of Successful School Turnarounds

(The Boston Globe recently featured a story about the struggles of turning around a failing school.  We are pleased to give Scott Given, the CEO of nonprofit school turnaround organization Unlocking Potential, an opportunity to highlight a successful effort.) It was recently announced that Unlocking Potential would take on the […]