Ready for 21st Century Skills: The new promise of public education
Source Organization: Massachusetts State Government, Governor Deval Patrick
Date of Publication: 2008
Location: Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Summary: Massachusetts is at a crossroads. Fifteen years after the passage of landmark education reform legislation, the Commonwealth is a national education leader. Standards-based reforms have yielded significant results. Massachusetts students perform better than their national peers, securing top scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and on the SAT. Overall, student scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) continue to rise, with 84 percent of the class of 2008 passing on the first try.