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Pathways to Graduation

Supporting All Students to Mastery A Retrospective Look at the Class of 2003

The aspirations of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act are ambitious, but clear — to provide every student with an opportunity to learn and achieve mastery at a high standard of academic proficiency. Since the legislation’s passage, considerable time, effort, and resources have been dedicated to achieving this lofty goal, and substantial progress has been read more

Getting the Job Done

Advancing the New Skills Agenda

Getting the Job Done: Advancing the New Skills Agenda draws from lessons learned through two years of MassINC’s New Skills for a New Economy Campaign and lays out critical reforms needed for the Massachusetts workforce development system. There is broad agreement that Massachusetts’s workforce development system needs repair to meet the challenges of the 21st read more
The new research finds that the path to economic success for Massachusetts families and workers is narrow and unforgiving, and those who stumble pay dearly. The report argues that the difficulty today in obtaining, or holding onto, a reasonably secure middle-class standard of living is the result of fundamental changes in the “recipe” for achieving read more

New Skills for a New Economy

Adult Education's Key Role in Sustaining Economic Growth and Expanding Opportunity

According to this new groundbreaking report from MassINC, more than a third (1.1 million) of Massachusetts’s 3.2 million workers are ill equipped to meet the demands of the state’s rapidly changing economy. This threatens the state’s ability to sustain the current economic boom and traps the workers themselves in jobs with little opportunity to advance. read more

Opportunity Knocks

Training the Commonwealth's Workers for the New Economy

With the recent passage of the Workforce Investment Act in Washington, states have more freedom than ever before to set their own objectives in job training policy and pursue creative new ways to reach their goals. While the new federal policy doesn’t force states to comprehensively reform themselves, it does loosen the reigns so that read more

Closing the Gap

Raising Skills to Raise Wages

This report is a primer on the three vital rungs of our state’s workforce development system: adult basic education, job training programs, and our community college system. It received widespread media coverage, and is now inspiring numerous efforts to improve the state’s disparate efforts to empower citizens to improve their education and skill levels. Here read more

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