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Leading the Nation


About Leading the Nation

While Massachusetts has always had a strong commitment to education, the state's public schools have been recognized as national leaders on many fronts in recent years, thanks to the hard work of teachers, students, families, and communities.

The Leading the Nation campaign is scheduled for 2018 and coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act, which increased and stabilized state aid to districts, established common learning expectations statewide, and made it easier to see where schools were doing well and where changes might be needed. Massachusetts' recent successes reflect an enduring bipartisan commitment to those principles.

Learn more at the Massachusetts Leading the Nation site.

Why we are Celebrating

Brockton and Massachusetts are celebrating Leading the Nation for the 25th Anniversary of the Education Reform Act. This act put standards in place for Massachusetts with the vision of us leading the nation and 25 years later, we truly are. Massachusetts is:

  • #1 in the U.S. in reading and math on NAEP, "The Nation's Report Card" (2015)
  • #1 in the world in reading on the PISA international assessment (2016)
  • #1 in Advanced Placement success in the country (2017)

Beyond our test scores, Massachusetts' four-year graduation rate has increased each of the last 10 years while the dropout rate has decreased during the same period.

Massachusetts as a whole, and especially Brockton, has a shared commitment to welcoming and supporting students regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.


Newsletters will be posted here leading up to our Leading the Nation week.

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