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 […]
February 8, 2017

Connecting Ed Policy to Business Imperatives [VIDEO]

On February 2, Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) in partnership with MBAE and Springfield Business Leaders for Education hosted a community forum at the MassMutual Center in Springfield to discuss the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Massachusetts education policy. In her closing remarks, Linda […]
January 31, 2017

Changes Would Weaken Teacher Evaluation

A proposed change to the state’s teacher evaluation regulations would substantially weaken them and make it harder to achieve the critical goal of ensuring every student in the Commonwealth is taught by a highly effective teacher every year. In written comments, MBAE urged the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education […]
December 14, 2016

The Growing Importance of Computer Science

Future Ready Massachusetts is the focal point for MBAE’s work to prepare every student with the digital competencies they need to participate fully in our technology-dependent, knowledge-based economy and society. In this Future Ready blog post, Future Ready Director Jackney Prioly Joseph has pointed out why computer science is so […]
November 17, 2016

Employer Survey: Trouble Finding Candidates, Deficiencies in New Hires

A new survey of employers on public education and workforce readiness found 75% of respondents are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions, up from 69% in 2013. The problem affected a wide range of positions across industries and across the state, particularly in central and western regions. […]
October 31, 2016

Grad Rates, Boston Public Schools, Digital Literacy

In this issue:  Boston Public Schools Leading the Way in Long-Term Financial Planning | New MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards | News Worth Highlighting It’s always good news when education measures improve, so we congratulate educators for raising the U.S. high school graduation rate to the record high […]
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,” […]
October 26, 2016

Boston Public Schools Leading the Way in Long-Term Financial Planning

Boston Public Schools, like most large urban districts, faces significant budget challenges that too often result in short-term, sometimes drastic “fixes” that profoundly impact the system’s ability to provide a quality education. That problem stems in large part from the uncertainty of funding allocations from year to year. While struggling […]
October 24, 2016

Digital Literacy: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

MBAE, through Future Ready Massachusetts, is committed to digital equity in our schools to make sure every student acquires the knowledge and skills to access and use technology, computers and the Internet. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted educational standards for digital literacy 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 […]
October 5, 2016

Education Issues on Our Radar

In this issue:  MA ESSA Implementation Provides Critical Opportunity | State Revising Academic Standards and Creating MCAS 2.0 | Evaluations Key to Ensuring Effective Teaching | News Worth Highlighting While electoral politics dominate the public conversation, MBAE is focused on a few education initiatives currently underway that will have important […]
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 […]
July 7, 2016

From the Desk of Linda Noonan – July 8, 2016

On July 1, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a major victory to students and teachers when it issued a ruling that the initiative petition to repeal the Common Core State Standards did not meet legal requirements to appear on the November ballot. High standards for learning, to be met […]
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.  […]
July 1, 2016

SJC Overturns AG’s Certification of Common Core Ballot Question

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling today in favor of the ten plaintiffs who appealed the Attorney General’s certification of the ballot measure that would repeal the common core education standards in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education applauds the SJC decision, which confirms the question does […]
February 25, 2013

Governor’s Education Funding Plan Needs More Work

Whether or not you agree with the revenue proposals in Governor Patrick’s FY14 state budget, business leaders can support the priority given to improving education from pre-K through higher ed.  A high quality education system is an engine of economic growth.  In his arguments for new education revenue and spending, […]
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.  […]
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 […]
February 2, 2011

FY 2012 Budget Shows Promise and Pause for Ed Reform

With the Governor’s release of his FY2012 budget, it is encouraging to see education as one of his top priorities.  By increasing education funding by 5%, the Governor is clearly committed to sustaining the state’s leadership in student achievement.  However, what’s left unanswered for me is how much of this […]
January 7, 2011

ARRA: Just a Quick Fix or Long-Term Reform?

With a projected $1.5 billion to $2 billion budget gap this year, there will be scrutiny of past spending as the Massachusetts legislature begins its new session with balancing the budget at the top of its agenda. It’s been almost two years since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) […]
September 8, 2010

Massachusetts Leads the Way on New Tests

The usual critics have come forward to warn that the state’s leadership of a consortium that will be developing assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards is the end of MCAS.  This judgment is premature given  newspaper reports that quote state leaders contradicting this conclusion and a strong statement by Department […]
August 30, 2010

‘Surprises’ in Race to the Top

As the Deputy Director at MBAE, one of the main projects has been tracking, evaluating, and summarizing the education stimulus programs of which Race to the Top (RTTT) is, by far, the most high profile. As such, I’ve gotten quite familiar with the program, the state’s application, and the reporting […]
August 24, 2010

Massachusetts Wins in Race to the Top!

Massachusetts wins millions for education reform in landmark Race to the Top competition.
August 5, 2010

Massachusetts Organizations Win Millions Investing in Innovation

Update: The Department of Education has made their official announcement of the i3 grant winners – no changes from the leaked report, but they have posted a summary of characteristics of the winners as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the highest rated applicants. ************ The U.S. Department […]