Pioneer Institute

Pioneer Institute Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.

Study finds that new technology, relaxation of protections threaten student privacy

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BOSTON – New technology allows advocates for education as workforce development to accomplish what has long been out of their reach: the collection of data on every child, beginning with preschool or even earlier, and using that data to track the child throughout his/her academic career and then through the workforce, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.
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Study finds Common Core Standards not properly validated

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BOSTON – Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked.  The report was released with 24 signatures and included no mention that five committee members refused to sign it, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.
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An open letter to Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester

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BOSTON – In this letter, Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios asks the Massachusetts Education Commissioner to disclose whether the Commonwealth has received a waiver from the federal government that would authorize districts to forego administering the MCAS exam this year.

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