“Massachusetts not only raised its standards but it took its standards seriously. It made its standards count for kids to graduate from high school; it made its standards count for teachers to get jobs as teachers. So they did the things you would do if you were serious about standards and they did it over time. They did it in a sustained way and they combined them with a certain amount of school choice.”
One of the few bright spots in American education for the past decade or so has been the state of Massachusetts. After a series of bold education reforms, Massachusetts became consistently one of the best performing states in the U.S. and competitive with several of the highest performing countries in the world. Today the education world refers to it as the “Massachusetts miracle.” In this episode, Dr. Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, explains in detail exactly what types of reforms Massachusetts instituted and how it became one of the best performing states in the nation. Its success is a blueprint other states around the country should adopt.