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Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
For many years the co-operative education program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston has fallen short of supporters' hopes for it. The number of students it placed in paid jobs with local employers was often below that of co-op programs at other career vocational technical education (CVTE) schools and mostly focused on…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, High School Students, Cooperative Programs, Job Training
Rebarber, Theodor – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
This study finds that, breaking with decades of slow improvement, U.S. reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other assessments have seen historic declines since most states implemented national Common Core English and math curriculum standards six years ago. This descriptive analysis is designed to…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, National Competency Tests, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Clancy, David S.; Flores, John G. – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has solicited public comment on pandemic-related revisions to its important "Learning Time" regulation, 603 CMR 27.00. The revisions establish baseline procedural and substantive requirements for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning. Appreciating that the…
Descriptors: State Regulation, Distance Education, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Wurman, Ze'ev; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
In the fall of 2019, well before the appearance of COVID-19, there was heightened concern among U.S. business leaders, economists and investors about a global economic slowdown and the possibility of a recession in 2020. But a downturn in the technology sector was not prominent among their worries. In the decade from 2018 to 2028 computer and…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, State Aid
Mikula, Andrew – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has all but upended higher education's business model, given the high susceptibility of college campuses to viral outbreaks. Since a vaccine will likely not be available until 2021, universities could be facing up to three consecutive semesters of remote learning and reduced revenue. Going forward, more students may choose to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, College Students
Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston is attempting a turnaround and has been for decades. In 2016, after having been designated a Level 4 school by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), a stamp that branded it "underperforming," school officials created a plan they began…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Program Implementation
Clancy, David S.; Sentance, Michael – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The states and localities, not the federal government, primarily control and fund K-12 education. As a major source of revenue and with its historic role in our federal system, the states are the driving presence in most every education policy area. That is true in the current efforts to adjust education programs to the Coronavirus disease…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The coronavirus known as COVID-19 has worked its way into nearly every corner of the globe and caused, among other restrictions, a shutdown of most schools across the United States. Desperate not to lose time away from the classroom, school officials are rushing to shift instruction to the Internet. Districts and schools face a daunting challenge…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, Online Courses, Educational Technology
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
A new normal is expected to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. What it will look like is still to be determined. But digital learning is sure to play a larger role in K-12 and college education. For students with learning disabilities or special needs, as well as their parents and teachers, the goal will be to find what works best and for which…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Online Courses, Best Practices
Flores, John; Clancy, David – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
With Massachusetts' school closure extending until the end of the 2019-20 academic year, Pioneer Institute urges that Massachusetts schools offer meaningful online and virtual learning programs, doing everything possible to eliminate problematic inconsistencies across Bay State school districts. Pioneer further urges Massachusetts to develop and…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Online Courses, Distance Education, Planning
von Schroeter, Max; Weiss, Nina; O'Rourke, Thomas – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
Individual teachers, administrators, and parents made tremendous efforts to continue educating the Commonwealth's children between March and June of this year. But no amount of dedicated individual effort could have overcome fundamental challenges: weak guidance to districts from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) against…
Descriptors: School Closing, School Safety, Disease Control, Distance Education
Bedrick, Jason – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
For more than two decades, tax-credit scholarship (TCS) policies have helped American families provide their children with the learning environment that meets their individual needs. Now available in 19 states, nearly 300,000 students nationwide use tax-credit scholarships to attend the school of their family's choice. TCS policies create an…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Scholarships, School Choice, Elementary Secondary Education
Paxton, Rebekah – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2019
On average, only about 16 percent of annual union dues paid by members in 19 Massachusetts public school districts stayed with local union chapters. The remaining 84 percent of dues revenue went directly to the state (Massachusetts Teachers Association) and national (National Education Association) union affiliates. But what about public higher…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Unions, Union Members, Fees
Candal, Cara Stillings – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2019
In 2010, the Massachusetts Legislature lifted the cap on the number of charter schools that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) can authorize in low-performing school districts. The "smart cap" requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to rank district performance (based on student outcomes)…
Descriptors: Growth Models, Access to Education, Charter Schools, Public Schools
Sullivan, Gregory W.; Stergios, Jim – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2019
In just the last 18 months, Massachusetts has seen the closure of small private liberal arts colleges Mount Ida and Newbury Colleges. The pressures on these types of institutions include technological disruption, changing student demands, and ever-escalating costs. To address this, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Department…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Governing Boards, Liberal Arts, Risk
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