About Us

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

Overview

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.

Approach

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

History

  • MIE was founded in 1997. For the first 10 years, we joined with superintendents and the business community to advocate for higher standards for education in Massachusetts, and we connected policymakers with practitioners to help build what became 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.
  • In 2007, MIE received a five-year, $13 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative, 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.
  • Since 2009, MIE has worked with schools, districts, and state education agencies in Massachusetts and across the country to redesign the systems that support chronically underperforming schools and to drive gains in student achievement. 
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