https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Teacher-Classroom.jpg 1521 2299 Tom Birmingham https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Tom Birmingham2018-04-05 15:08:432020-06-29 15:10:43Remarks at 25th Anniversary Event for the Massachusetts Education Reform Act
Massachusetts Education Reform Act co-author and former Senate President Tom Birmingham praised the historic success that has been achieved since the law was enacted in 1993, but expressed concern that the Commonwealth is veering away from basic principles of the law that produced that success at a State House event marking the 25th anniversary of the Education Reform Act.
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This public statement addresses the draft of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework that was released for public comment in January. The authors argue that the new standards would follow in the footsteps of recently adopted English, math, and science standards by representing a decline in content and coherence compared to their predecessors.
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The 2017 update of Massachusetts’ English and math K-12 academic standards represents further deterioration in English, while the math standards are essentially unchanged from the 2010 version, according to the first independent evaluation of the newly revised standards. The 2010 standards, which were based on Common Core, led to declining scores on national tests in both English and math.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/uniforms.jpg 450 675 William Donovan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png William Donovan2017-11-01 16:01:082020-06-29 16:04:56Cristo Rey Schools: A Model of 21st-Century Catholic Education
This paper examines Cristo Rey schools, why they work, how they work and what parts of their education/business design can be successfully transferred to other Catholic high schools. It will look at the Cristo Rey Network, a cooperative organization formed to standardize the Cristo Rey approach, offer resources to the individual schools and help promote the spread of Cristo Rey schools to cities that can support them.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/KidsClassroom.jpg 434 650 Pioneer Institute https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Pioneer Institute2017-10-02 16:19:362020-06-29 16:21:56Amicus Brief: Jane Doe v. Peyser
Through its public interest law initiative PioneerLegal, Pioneer…
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The last of a three-part series by Pioneer Institute on summer learning shows that Massachusetts schools establishing summer enrichment programs to close the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income students can have a greater impact by eventually expanding the program across multiple summers or for a full year. This final paper introduces three types of extended summer enrichment models: 12-month programs, multi-year summer-only programs, and multi-year, year-round programs.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/voc.1.jpg 2400 3600 Alison Fraser https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Alison Fraser2017-06-14 16:39:132020-06-29 16:40:42The Healing Hand: Modeling Catholic Medical Vocational-Technical Schooling
This study explores whether medical vocational-technical education could be a tool to help Boston-area Catholic schools address declining enrollment and also provide economically disadvantaged students with skills that are in high demand among employers.
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This report recommends that states do more to acknowledge the…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/brockton-school-bus.jpg 450 600 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2017-02-15 11:01:372020-07-01 11:03:10Best Practices in Massachusetts Charter Schools: What We Know Now
This report summarizes the research-based truth about Massachusetts charter public schools, focusing on the ideas that were most prominent in the charter school ballot initiative debate. The data that follow are taken from a series of papers published by Pioneer Institute over the course of 2016. This report illustrates that Massachusetts charter public schools do not drain resources from district schools, they outperform the school districts from which their students come, and have attrition rates that are lower than or equal to those districts.
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This paper uses publicly available DESE data to explore student attrition and other forms of student movement, such as dropouts, within district and charter schools. It is not a direct response to the now dated MTA report, but it does explore the validity of the claim that Massachusetts charter public schools have higher attrition than their district counterparts because these schools “select out” or “push out” weaker students in an effort to produce higher test scores.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/credit-card-26.png 512 1024 Anders Lewis https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Anders Lewis2017-01-10 11:09:012020-07-01 11:13:35Laboratories of Democracy: How States Get Excellent K–12 U.S. History Standards
The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look at the states that have designed strong history standards and note what has made them exceptional so other states might do the same. They include Alabama, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/boy-in-science-class.jpg 2292 1525 Paul Gross https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Paul Gross2016-12-05 12:18:182020-07-01 12:20:54What Goes Up Must Come Down: New, Lower K-12 Science Standards for Massachusetts
This paper, the second of a two-part analysis, finds that Massachusetts’ Next Generation Science Standards adopted last spring by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) fall short. The authors conclude they are unclear, unnecessarily complicated, miss important content, and fail to make important connections.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/School-bus.jpg 2126 1412 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-11-02 12:21:292020-07-01 12:24:27Advanced Placement Opportunities and Success in Boston Charter and District Schools: A Demographic Report
This report shows that Boston charter public school students are more likely than their counterparts in non-exam Boston Public Schools (BPS) to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and tests, and Boston charters have also done a better job of helping traditionally underserved students pass AP tests.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/sidebar_kids_300x1741.jpg 174 300 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-10-26 12:31:002020-07-01 12:32:31Massachusetts Charter Public Schools Best Practices in Expansion and Replication
This paper considers what the limited expansion of some charter organizations in the Commonwealth has looked like so far, and explores the different legal and policy conditions that enable large charter and educational management organizations to flourish. It does so with an eye to understanding whether Massachusetts might benefit from policy changes that encourage the expansion of operators already in the state and provide incentives for successful outside operators to bring their programs to the Commonwealth. Recommendations include providing pathways for new, innovative providers to enter the state.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Teacher-Classroom.jpg 1521 2299 Ken Ardon https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Ken Ardon2016-10-19 12:37:572020-07-01 12:39:38Massachusetts Charter Public Schools English Language Learners: Demographic and Achievement Trends
The following paper describes how charter schools in Massachusetts and especially in Boston enroll and serve English language learners. Another report in this series provides similar information about students with disabilities. This paper provides enrollment, attrition, and achievement data for English language learners in charter schools across the Commonwealth, with a concentration on Boston and Gateway Cities such as Lawrence.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/credit-card-1.png 512 1024 Ken Ardon https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Ken Ardon2016-10-13 12:40:262020-07-01 12:42:46Massachusetts Charter Public Schools: Students with Special Educational Needs: Demographic and Achievement Trends
The report finds that charters (especially in Boston) are enrolling an increasing number of special needs students - and those students are performing well compared to their district counterparts. The report also explores attrition rates and facilities funding.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/credit-card-2-2.png 512 1024 Anthony Esolen https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Anthony Esolen2016-10-12 12:46:242020-07-01 12:52:43After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core
The workforce-preparation focus of the K-12 English and math standards known as Common Core puts them at odds with Catholic education, and the standards should not be adopted by parochial schools. In “After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core,” authors Anthony Esolen, Dan Guernsey, Jane Robbins, and Kevin Ryan argue that the national standards’ unrelenting focus on skills that transfer directly to the modern work world conflicts with Catholic schools’ academic, spiritual, and moral mission.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/kids-walking-school.jpg 395 646 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-09-27 12:53:232020-07-01 12:56:18Massachusetts Charter Public Schools: Best Practices from the Phoenix Charter Academies
Phoenix Academies, a network of three Massachusetts public schools, is using strategies such as “relentless support” to help at-risk students not only graduate from high school, but also succeed in college.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png 0 0 William Donovan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png William Donovan2016-08-17 13:00:232020-07-01 13:03:36Expanding Educational Opportunities: Best Practices in U.S. Summer Enrichment Programs
This report is the second of a three-part Pioneer Institute series of studies on summer enrichment programs with a particular focus on opportunities for disadvantaged students. It highlights best practices in the field by profiling a range of summer programs. The authors urge summer enrichment programs to partner with entities that help place disadvantaged children in educational programs to help the schools and non-profits recruit students. They also urge programs run by schools to use academic-year faculty.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/credit-card-3.png 512 1024 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-06-22 13:16:492020-07-01 13:19:35Massachusetts Charter Public Schools: Best Practices in Character Education
This report explores two high performing Massachusetts charter public schools—Abby Kelley Foster Charter School in Worcester, MA and the Brooke Charter School Network of Boston, MA—and how they approach character education. This study is part of a series of papers from Pioneer highlighting best practices in the charter sector.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/credit-card-19.png 512 1024 Kevin Ryan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Kevin Ryan2016-06-22 13:14:142020-07-01 13:15:45The Inevitability of Character Education
This report explores the reasons for a lack of focus on character education in U.S. public schools. The author also proposes six activities that appear to be effective in bringing about positive difference in the lives of children.
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A survey of more than 70 Massachusetts private and parochial schools found that most offer academically-oriented summer programs, which have been found to prevent summer learning loss and can help close the achievement gap among student groups. The survey is the first of a three-part study that will yield a comprehensive guide to summer enrichment programs in the commonwealth.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/FixingSchools.jpg 2200 1600 Ken Ardon https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Ken Ardon2016-05-12 13:44:222020-07-01 13:45:59Assessing Charter School Funding in 2016
This study contends that Massachusetts’ charter school funding formula should maintain the shared responsibility of state and local governments to fund education, but improvements could address a number of weaknesses and allow money to more easily follow students.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/1280px-UMass_Amherst_Campus_Center_1.jpg 860 1280 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2016-05-01 13:39:462020-07-01 13:44:01UMass At A Crossroads
This paper is the first in Pioneer Institute’s UMass at a Crossroads series. In this study, Pioneer focuses on UMass’ significant growth in two areas, academic competitiveness and student enrollment, compared to other New England state universities, MA private universities, national private universities and national public universities. Pioneer raises the question of whether the continued expansion of UMass, based largely on increased enrollment of out-of-state students, is in the best interest of the commonwealth.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/City-on-a-Hill-charter.jpg 263 385 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-03-01 14:04:432020-07-01 14:11:34Massachusetts Charter Public Schools: Best Practices Using Data to Improve Student Achievement in Holyoke
This report profiles the Holyoke Community Charter School (HCCS) in Holyoke, Mass. and the SABIS-designed systems that the school uses; systems that relate to curriculum, assessments, and the gathering of school level data pertaining to both. Drawing upon school- and state-generated data and interviews with HCCS students and faculty, this cases study describes how SABIS’s integrated approach to curriculum, assessment, and data-driven instruction engages students in a way that encourages them to take ownership of their own learning—something rarely seen in schools, especially at the K-8 level.
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The following paper profiles SABIS International Charter School (SICS) in Springfield and the SABIS-designed systems that the school uses; systems that relate to curriculum, assessments, and the gathering of school level data pertaining to both. SICS has been named a “top high school” by US News & World Report for five years running. Drawing upon school- and state-generated data, this cases study describes how SABIS’s integrated approach to curriculum, assessment, and data-driven instruction engages students in a way that encourages them to take ownership of their own learning.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/teacher-chalkboard.jpg 2480 3721 Richard Phelps https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Richard Phelps2016-02-01 14:36:562020-07-01 14:39:02Fordham Institute’s Pretend Research
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has released a report, Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments, ostensibly an evaluative comparison of four testing programs, the Common Core-derived SBAC and PARCC, ACT’s Aspire, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ MCAS. The latest Fordham Institute Common Core apologia is not so much research as a caricature of it.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/students.png 807 1433 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2016-01-19 14:48:402020-07-01 14:50:12Massachusetts Charter Public Schools Best Practices in Curricular Innovation
This paper highlights two Massachusetts charter schools that offer curricular opportunities rarely available in other public schools in Massachusetts. Both of these schools enable students to achieve exceptional results in comparison to their peers in traditional district schools. Understanding some of the important innovations that charter schools offer to students and families can productively inform the current policy debate.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/African-American-Student-1.jpg 427 640 Cara Stillings Candal https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Cara Stillings Candal2015-12-01 14:53:172020-07-20 16:03:33Massachusetts Charter Public Schools Best Practices: Serving English Language Learners
This report draws on interviews with school leaders and classroom observations in three Massachusetts charter school organizations to describe some of the successful strategies used to enable large ELL populations to achieve at high levels. The report applauds holding charter schools accountable for recruiting and retaining ELLs and other special populations, but warns against “punishing” schools that succeed in helping students shift out of a category based on academic achievement.
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Author and career testing expert Dr. Richard Phelps writes that adopting PARCC would result in a one-half year drop in performance expectations for 4th grade math and reading, and 8th grade math, in Massachusetts. He also argues that critics of MCAS misunderstand its intended purpose, and explains why this is problematic.