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Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
Massachusetts faces challenges in preparing all students for lifelong success, with substantial disparities in both opportunities and outcomes. For instance, on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, less than 30 percent of black and Latino fourth graders in Massachusetts demonstrated proficiency in reading, compared to 60 percent…
Descriptors: Student Role, Educational Change, Decision Making, Student Leadership
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In this executive summary, the Rennie Center reexamines the current way of doing business, looking at how educators can incorporate student voice into decision-making processes in order to help all learners construct a pathway to success in college, careers, and life. Massachusetts faces challenges in preparing all students for lifelong success,…
Descriptors: Student Role, Educational Change, Decision Making, Student Leadership
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In Boston and Providence, youth serving organizations recognized a need to credential students' real-world skills including teamwork, perseverance and critical thinking. By issuing digital badges, a microcredential gaining traction in both workforce development and education, programs are equipping students with portable evidence of their skills,…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Credentials, Skills, Recognition (Achievement)
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
This research report examines the dramatic turnaround of the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan, which won EdVestors' 2017 School on the Move Prize. We teamed up with EdVestors to investigate the role of teacher leadership and labor-management collaboration in driving rapid school improvement. In 2013, the Mildred was a school in crisis. Academic…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, School Turnaround, Elementary Schools, Public Schools
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
The Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, Massachusetts and the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere, Massachusetts, winners of the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools--excel in attending to the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all students in the diverse communities they serve. Leveraging autonomy to strengthen…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Social Development, Emotional Development, Wellness
Fried, Simone – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
Between 1990 and 2010, the demographics of Everett, Massachusetts underwent significant change. Families that were new to the community, and new to the United States, arrived to the predominantly white working-class community, bringing ethnic and linguistic diversity. Everett Public Schools faced a challenge in accommodating a more diverse student…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Public Schools, Student Diversity, Student Needs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
The Condition of Education in the Commonwealth project is one way the Rennie Center fulfills its mission of producing non-partisan and independent research that promotes improvement in public education for all Massachusetts children. Its principles include: (1) Education encompasses more than academics; and (2) Schools should not--and cannot--work…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, State Policy
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2017
Most young people face challenges on the road to a college degree. They must make important decisions about career preparation, financing a college education, and how college and work fit together to ensure income security while in school. These challenges often seem particularly daunting for two groups of students: opportunity youth (OY)--the 5…
Descriptors: Success, College Readiness, Community Role, School Role
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2017
This year's Condition of Education "Action Guide" offers a series of policy and practice changes to support a student-centered approach to education. Student-Centered Learning (SCL) is any instructional approach that begins with the needs and interests of the individual learner and engages students as drivers of their own learning. SCL…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness, College Preparation
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2017
The Condition of Education in the Commonwealth project provides an annual, evidence-based review of student progress and proficiency throughout the education pipeline from birth into adulthood. Serving as a bellwether for Massachusetts education reform agenda, the project examines learning outcomes and investigates policy solutions to support…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2016
The "2016 Data Report" identifies and measures state-level indicators linked to outcomes to inform decision-making among Massachusetts education leaders. These indicators focus on critical stages in learning and development from school readiness and early learning to the emergence of a strong and productive workforce. Important…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Statistical Data, Educational Indicators, School Readiness
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2016
These days the words "education reform" conjure up an array of associations--from high-stakes assessments to online learning to high school redesign. The school improvement landscape is particularly crowded in Massachusetts, where the era of new investments and attention to student outcomes has been in high gear for almost three decades.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Public Schools
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2016
The Condition of Education in the Commonwealth Action Guide presents an overview of the current policy landscape and context in areas of need, along with suggested program steps for bringing successful practices to scale. The Action Guide and the larger Condition of Education in the Commonwealth project provides a common foundation for more…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Partnerships in Education, Models, Early Childhood Education
Poulos, Jennifer; d'Entremont, Chad; Culbertson, Nina – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2015
In 2004, Boston Public Schools reported that more than 8% of its students dropped out of school that year. The city faced a crisis. Thousands of students were failing to earn a high-school diploma, a necessary credential for entrance into postsecondary education and/or the twenty-first century workforce. Factors driving students' decisions to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs, Interviews
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2015
The potential use of computer-based assessments has raised concerns from educators, policymakers, and parents about information technology infrastructure in school districts and the preparation of staff and students to use new technologies for assessment purposes, and the potential impact of testing activities on core school functions,…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment, School Districts, Case Studies
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