Exam Schools, Achievement, and ISEE Entrance Exams

Exam schools are selective public high schools that aim to meet the needs of academically talented students. Not charter schools and not private schools, these selective public schools accept new students based on student's grades and entrance exam scores. In Boston, admission is based entirely on a student's grades and test scores from the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE). However, exam schools' mission of "public education" often clash with their policies of selectivity. Read More

Massachusetts’ School-To-Prison Pipeline, Explained

The use of exclusionary school discipline -- out-of-school suspension, expulsion, referral to law enforcement or school-related arrest -- can have lasting effects that push students toward the criminal justice system later in life, a process that has been termed the "school-to-prison pipeline." Here is the "school-to-prison pipeline" explained, and its impact in Massachusetts schools. Read More

METCO And Diversity Through Busing

The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a state funded, voluntary, educational desegregation program designed to combat racial imbalance in school districts. Roughly 3,300 students from Boston and Springfield are bused and enrolled school in 37 suburban school districts. Read More