EOE Presentation

Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser, gave a short presentation at today's Board retreat in Devens entitled, "Education Reform in Massachusetts: From Good to Great". I've recreated text from his slides below, with his permission:
  • Key Outcomes
    • Strengthening the global competitiveness of Massachusetts' workforce
    • Closing the opportunity and achievement gap

  • Getting the Conditions Right
    • World-class standards & assessments
    • Accessible, timely & meaningful information for policymakers, providers, educators & parents/consumers
    • Transparent, predictable, sustainable finance systems, with incentives for performance
    • Effective educators and leaders
    • Authority to act with accountability for results
    • High-quality options and parental choice

  • Focusing, Aligning & Integrating
    • Upgrading Early Education Quality
      • Workforce Development
      • Kindergarten Readiness Screening
      • Rate increases Tied to Quality Improvement
    • Strengthening & Expanding Career Pathways
      • Voc-Tech Capital Grants
      • Workplace Learning (STEM high school internships)
      • Expansion of engineering and computer science courses
      • Early College/Dual Enrollment
    • Improving College Affordability & Completion
      • Reducing/Accelerating Remediation
      • Commonwealth Commitment
      • Alternative Pathways/Models (including On-Line & Competency Based Education)
    • Coordinated Regional Planning
      • Workforce Skills Cabinet
      • Higher Education Capital Investment

  • What Success Looks Like*
    • An early education system that works in partnership with local school districts, while developing and supporting its workforce, to ensure literacy for all by 3rd grade
    • A K-12 education system that empowers schools and offers parents diverse, high-quality options -- especially in high-need communities
    • Expanded opportunities for high-quality career education and workplace learning in both high school and college to better prepare young people for successful careers, especially in STEM fields
    • A focused, efficient higher education system that offers students and families accessible and affordable pathways to a college degree, while providing supports and incentives to ensure their success
    • Integrated regional public education systems that maximize resources and capacity, while responding flexibly to the changing needs and priorities of the state and local economy
*Emphasis as it appears in the Secretary's original (bold red)