Our Research

Our independent research explores a variety of cutting-edge issues facing public education to guide discussion and decision-making around education policy and practice.

October 2016
This case study takes a look at school turnaround efforts at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, which won EdVestors' 2015 School on the Move Prize, examining the school's remarkable turnaround centered on addressing the needs of the whole child.
June 2016

Despite continual gains in the number of students graduating from Boston Public Schools, inequities remain in school discipline and dropout rates. These indicators, which are linked to incarceration rates, disproportionately affect young men of color. The school to prison pipeline refers to policies and practices that push our schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile justice systems.

May 2016
In this 2016 policy brief, the Rennie Center examines ongoing work in Boston to advance the development of a formalized system for providing students with expanded learning opportunities for academic credit.
January 2016
The 2016 Condition of Education Action Guide, explores the critical role social-emotional learning plays at several stages of the schooling pipeline, noting where the state has made progress and how Massachusetts leaders can support a more comprehensive and research-based vision for social-emotional learning.
October 2015
This 2015 research report looks at how social-emotional learning policy, practice, and measurements are being effectively implemented in states and districts across the nation, including in three Massachusetts school districts.
October 2015
In honor of the 10th anniversary of EdVestors' School on the Move Prize, the Rennie Center looked back at 10 years of prize winners and finalists. This report takes a closer look at what happened to these rapidly improving schools over time – what factors contributed to sustained or continued improvement, and what impeded their progress.
April 2015
This 2015 case study documents the work of Boston's Youth Transitions Task Force in building a city-wide, cross-sector coalition to support dropout prevention and recovery in Boston.
March 2015
This 2015 policy brief documents the lessons learned as two Massachusetts school districts piloted new computer-based tests developed by the PARCC consortium.
January 2015
In the second iteration of the Condition of Education project, the Data Report is joined by the Action Guide, in which Rennie Center presents three of the most critical challenges facing our public schools—areas where greater investments, strategic expansion of effective practices, and thoughtful collaboration can bring us closer to achieving our statewide vision of excellence for every child.
January 2015
The Roadmap to Expanding Opportunity project looks at promising, evidence-based strategies to better support all kids in our Commonwealth. In this 2015 report, the Rennie Center has taken up the challenging question of how to improve early career professional supports for teachers—specifically induction and mentoring offerings for beginning teachers—across the Commonwealth.