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Low-Stakes Completion-Based Funding: A New Approach to Financing Competency-Based Education

Florida SouthWestern State College

November 2016

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance

Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined?

Lawrence J. Miller and Jane S. Lee

June 2014

Are policy barriers to school improvement real or imagined?

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

The New Opportunity to Lead

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and Brightlines

March 2014

This report offers a vision for education in Massachusetts in the next 20 years.

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

February 2013

A modern education system should center on mastery rather than ticking off hours spent at a desk. This issue brief shares insights into re-engineering the policy and practices of the K-12 system to be more student-centered.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

How Media Portray Learning Space and Time

Moira O'Neil, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, and Abigail Haydon

December 2012

In this report, researchers dive into how learning space and time is framed in mainstream news outlets.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Learning Time, Policy, Technology

Overarching Media Coverage of Education Issues: A Cognitive Media Analysis

Moira O’Neil

November 2012

In this report, the FrameWorks Institute identifies dominant media frames that cut across education issues.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Leadership in Action: What are Professional Learning Communities?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2012

It turns out that we don’t just need more great teachers—we need strong communities of teachers working together to help all students succeed.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

Assessing Learning

Heidi Andrade, Kristen Huff, and Georgia Brooke

April 2012

Student-centered assessments should be individualized, motivate and engage students, and focus on learning and growth.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy

It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years

Robert Halpern

February 2012

Rethinking the high school experience to engage out-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences for students.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

July 2011

Just as there are multiple pathways for students to learn, there are multiple pathways for states to create room for innovation in education policy.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Learning Time, Policy

Leadership in Action: Education, Prosperity, and Economic Competitiveness

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

Across countries and time periods, education has been a universal gateway to greater prosperity, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Systems

Council of Chief State School Officers

June 2011

This roadmap presents a vision for next-generation state accountability systems to support college and career readiness for all students.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy

Leadership in Action: What Can the World’s Best Schools Teach Us?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2011

National borders no longer define the knowledge and skills needed for success. Lessons from other countries are helping us more effectively prepare our students.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

Securing the Dream

Maria Idali Torres, et. al.

January 2011

This collection of reports tells the story of the continuing growth of the Latino population in Massachusetts, and offers policy recommendations aimed at improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this population.

Tags: Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick

November 2010

Competency-based education has the potential to re-engineer education systems so that failure is no longer an option for students.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy

Massachusetts' Forgotten Middle Skills Jobs

Michelle Wilczynski

July 2010

Middle-skills jobs—those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—are critical to the state’s economic growth.

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

July 2009

Pre-K is proven to improve educational outcomes, but not all students have access to high-quality programs.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

What It Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century—and How New Englanders Are Faring

Jobs for the Future

October 2008

As New England’s population changes, the region must rework its policies and practices to meet the increasingly demanding expectations of today’s economy for underserved learners.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States:

Alicia C. Dowd and Glenn Gabbard

April 2006

Community colleges can offer low-income students a path to higher education, but transferring to elite, four-year schools often proves to be more challenging than earning an associate’s degree.

Tags: College and Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

State Merit Scholarship Programs and Racial Inequity

Don Heller and Patricia Marin

October 2004

For minority and low-income students, unmet financial need—the gap between the costs of attending college and the resources available to students—presents a major barrier to attending college.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Diversity Among Equals

Stephen Coelen, Patricia Crosson and Joseph Berger

October 2001

Higher education institutions in New England have made significant investments in equitable access using affirmative action strategies to increase minority student representation—but significant policy barriers continue to impede educational access for low-income and minority populations in the region.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Getting Through College: Voices of Low-Income and Minority Students in New England

Colleen O'Brien and Jessica Shedd

February 2001

Financial, academic, and social support are key factors in supporting low-income and minority students to succeed in postsecondary institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy