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.

High-quality education is the civil rights issue of our era

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BOSTON – Black History Month may have come and gone but Pioneer believes we must fight year round to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality education without regard to zip code or race. Massachusetts has in the past and must continue to lead the way in this fight.
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Study finds Common Core math standards will dumb down college STEM curriculum

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BOSTON – Common Core math standards (CCMS) end after just a partial Algebra II course.  This weak Algebra II course will result in fewer high school students able to study higher-level math and science courses and an increase in credit-bearing college courses that are at the level of seventh and eighth grade material in high-achieving countries, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.
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Louisiana Gov. Jindal’s lawsuit against the Feds on Common Core draws on Pioneer Institute’s research

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BOSTON – The legal complaint issued by Governor Jindal’s office clearly builds off Pioneer Institute’s white paper “The Road to a National Curriculum,” co-authored by former U.S. Department of Education General Counsel Kent Talbert, Deputy General Counsel Robert Eitel, as well as Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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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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