About Us

By 2020 72% of jobs in Massachusetts will require a college degree.


MIE is a national nonprofit at the forefront of education reform dedicated to transforming public schools into high-performing organizations and closing the achievement gap through bold district restructuring and rigorous academic programs. Our focus is on improving student achievement and increasing college success through our College Success program in Massachusetts and our School Turnaround work in districts across the country.


MIE’s guiding principle is that enduring fundamental change at scale requires the practical integration of research, policy and practice. Our reform efforts focus on three “pillars” of district and school improvement:

  • Academic – improving curriculum and instruction
  • Organizational – transforming governance and management structures within districts
  • Community – connecting schools to the people, businesses and resources around them


  • MIE was founded in 1997 to advocate for higher standards for education in Massachusetts. We connected policymakers with practitioners to help build a national model of effective standards-based reform.
  • In 2007, MIE released The Turnaround Challenge, a research report and call to action that highlighted the need for intervention in America’s lowest-performing schools – former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the report, “the Bible of school turnaround.” The report also established the framework for our school turnaround theory of action.
  • MIE received a five-year, $13 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative in 2007, primarily funded by Exxon Mobil, to lead a partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, school districts, and private funders to address the challenge of math and science education in the U.S. This work continues today as our Advanced Academic Success program.
  • Today, MIE works with schools, districts, and state education agencies across the country to drive gains in student achievement through our College Success, School Turnaround, and State Policy & Networks initiatives. 
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