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Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2022
In this year's report on the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth (COE), the Rennie Center seeks to highlight how educators can be empowered to effectively meet the academic and social-emotional needs of their students in 2022 and beyond. The report relays findings from research on immediate supports to address student needs in the wake of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2022
Each year, the Rennie Center collects a set of key indicators in the Data Dashboard to provide context on the status of education in the Commonwealth. This data is collected from the MA Department of Early Education and Care; MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; MA Department of Higher Education; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
Stevens, Alison – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2021
It's been nearly 25 years since the first MCAS tests were taken. Since then, the test and the state's accountability system have brought resources to underfunded schools, highlighted inequities in our education system, and pushed Massachusetts to first in the nation in academics. But, with progress stalling, a new understanding of the importance…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Assessment
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2021
This year's report examines the critical role community plays in education. Integrating learning that takes place inside and outside of school has always been a powerful strategy to support student success, but it gained special relevance this year, as school closures made family and community members integral parts of students' daily learning.…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, School Closing, Pandemics, COVID-19
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2021
Each year, the Rennie Center collects state-level indicators in our Data Dashboard to provide context on the condition of education in the Commonwealth. This data is collected from the MA Department of Early Education and Care; MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; MA Department of Higher Education; U.S Census Bureau; and U.S.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Census Figures, Higher Education
Jansen, Elle – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2021
Though Massachusetts is viewed as a leader in K-12 education, our state grapples with significant racial and gender power gaps in education leadership. This report, developed in partnership with the Women's Power Gap Initiative of the Eos Foundation, delves into the inequities among superintendents and other leadership roles in Massachusetts…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Elementary Secondary Education, Gender Differences, Racial Differences
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
This year's Action Guide examines the need for new ways of measuring student success. Academic test scores are just one method of measuring student progress, offering an incomplete picture of student learning and growth. Educators and state leaders recognize that serving all students well requires focusing on their individual needs, including…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Measurement, Measurement Objectives
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Defining and measuring success are not merely process steps, but critical conversations that shape how education is understood and delivered. They influence how individuals within and outside the system perceive the goals of education. They shape the incentives for stakeholders seeking to improve educational outcomes. Methods of measuring success…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Measurement, Measurement Objectives
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Educators have long recognized that students gain important skills through real-world learning, which frequently takes place outside school hours or school walls. In Boston and Providence, after-school program leaders engaged in a bold experiment to formally recognize these skills through an innovative credential called a digital badge. For two…
Descriptors: Credentials, Recognition (Achievement), Information Storage, Experiential Learning
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
The transition from high school to college is challenging under normal circumstances. But this year--with students ending high school remotely and potentially starting college virtually--this transition may seem nearly impossible for too many students. Young people will need to navigate complex systems of registration, enrollment, and financial…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, High School Students, Summer Programs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
The Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School in Cambridge--winner of the 2019 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools--was founded in 1996 by a group of Cambridge-area Black parents and concerned community leaders who acted on the reality that their children did not have access to a rigorous, high-quality education in the traditional neighborhood public…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Excellence in Education, Charter Schools, Public Schools
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Located in the heart of Charlestown [Boston, MA], Harvard-Kent Elementary School serves 365 students in grades Pre-K to 5. The school serves the highest percentage of children living in public housing of any Boston school. It is home to a specialized program for students learning English as well as a therapeutic program for children with emotional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Preschool Education, Kindergarten
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In the United States, one in nine young people is neither in school nor working. That's 4.5 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24. This population, known as Opportunity Youth (OY), is disconnected in a way that can lead to lower lifetime earnings and a higher likelihood of social isolation. With generous support from the Clipper Ship…
Descriptors: Out of School Youth, Unemployment, Adolescents, Young Adults
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
The winner of the 2018 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools-- the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) in Boston-- seeks to empower underrepresented students to succeed in college and high-wage careers. With an emphasis on healthcare-related career exposure and experiential learning, the school places a deliberate focus on preparing…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, Student Empowerment, Disproportionate Representation, Experiential Learning
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
For too many young people, the transition from high school to college or a career poses significant challenges. In Boston alone, nearly 5,000 16- to 24-year-olds are not in school or employed. This group, known as Opportunity Youth, represents incredible untapped promise and potential. Our latest report takes an in-depth look at what career…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Career Readiness, Career Development, Student Needs
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