Mass Policy & Budget - Ed Reform at Twenty.pdf
What's Worked, What's Changed, and What's Next
Motivated by growing concerns that Massachusetts schools were not serving all students well, especially those in high-poverty districts, the state passed the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act (or Ed Reform) on June 18, 1993. Ed Reform made significant changes to school standards and accountability, structure, governance, employment policies, and the way schools are financed, which is the focus of this paper. In particular, it evaluates what has worked, what has changed, and what might be altered moving forward.