achievement gap

We need a holistic approach to improving student outcomes

We need a holistic approach to improving student outcomes

Focus on both in-school and out-of-school factors is needed to close gaps

IF MASSACHUSETTS IS committed to equal educational opportunity for all, the next phase of education reform must acknowledge that schools cannot close achievement gaps without a systemic approach to addressing the out-of-school disadvantages that impact students’ academic learning. Factors outside of school more powerfully predict outcomes than any factor in schools. The current education reform(...)

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Little-tapped Boston contract provision tied to big school improvement

Little-tapped Boston contract provision tied to big school improvement

District-union partnership is a promising model for student achievement gains

JUST FIVE YEARS AGO, Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan was one of the worst performing schools in the Boston Public School system and ranked in the lowest percentile of public schools statewide. When the school was in peril of being placed under state control, district and school leaders and the teachers union — often(...)

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Riley gets the nod as education commissioner

Riley gets the nod as education commissioner

Board members cite his results closing achievement gaps in Lawrence

TO HELM THE unfinished work of education reform to close persistent achievement gaps, the state tapped someone with a track record of being able to do it. Jeff Riley, who has served for six years as the state-appointed receiver of the troubled Lawrence school system, where he has overseen gains in student achievement and high(...)

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Commissioner pick will signal direction for education policy

Commissioner pick will signal direction for education policy

3 finalists each bring a different profile

WHEN THE STATE education board convenes next Monday to vote on a new Massachusetts education commissioner, its members won’t just be sizing up the three finalists for the job. They will be making a statement about the direction of state education policy going forward. The decision will come at a time when Washington is stepping(...)

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Afterschool programs work

Afterschool programs work

Let’s fund services with huge dividends for children and families

EACH YEAR, THOUSANDS of working Massachusetts families rely on afterschool programs to provide a safe, supervised haven for their children. But there are thousands more children sitting on wait lists for affordable, quality programs. Parents know afterschool programs inspire their children to learn and help them academically as well as to develop the social and(...)

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