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Eric.ed.gov – The Next Chapter of Education Funding in Massachusetts. White Paper No. 199

eric.ed.gov har udgivet: As state leaders consider needed updates to the Commonwealth’s school funding formula, they should remember just how well the approach taken by Tom Birmingham, former Massachusetts state Senate president, and co-author of the 1993 Education Reform Act worked. Beginning in 1993, Massachusetts’ SAT scores rose for 13 consecutive years. The state’s scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shot up, too. By 2005, Massachusetts students became the first to score best in the nation in all four major NAEP categories (fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math). Since then, they have repeated the feat on every subsequent administration of NAEP except one. While American students as a whole lag behind their international peers, the 2007 and 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study results showed… Continue Reading

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Eric.ed.gov – Vital Signs: Massachusetts

eric.ed.gov har udgivet: Business leaders in Massachusetts cannot find the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to stay competitive. Students’ lagging performance in K-12 is a critical reason why. The good news is that the nation’s most effective STEM ducation programs can help turn the tide. Massachusetts students outscore their peers in almost every other state on national tests of math and science, and they have made strong gains in math since 2003. Yet these gains have faltered in recent years, and the state’s past success masks large racial gaps in student achievement and access to opportunity. Not enough students–least of all minorities–have the chance to learn rich and challenging content that prepares them for college and careers. Math and science teachers of low-income, black and Hispanic… Continue Reading

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Eric.ed.gov – Implementation of Massachusetts Curriculum Framework in English Language Arts and Math: Insights, Innovations, and Challenges in Six Districts

eric.ed.gov har udgivet: The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, examines how college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. This brief presents findings from C-SAIL’s Implementation Study, which uses interview and survey data to explore how district administrators, principals, and teachers are understanding, experiencing, and implementing Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in English language arts (ELA) and math. C-SAIL examines e how and what kinds of supports are provided to teachers of all students, including students with disabilities (SWDs) and English learners (ELs) who take the general state assessment. Since their research began in 2015, C-SAIL researchers have interviewed 10 state officials, and 12 district officials in six Massachusetts… Continue Reading