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The author formally thanks William Guenther, President, Mass Insight Education and Morton Orlov II,President, Mass Math + Science Initiative for commissioning this evaluation and providing considerable timewith the author answering questions, discussing preliminary findings, and contributing insights regarding theMass Math + Science Initiative. Many thanks also go to Wesley Chin, MMSI Operations Manager, for providing all data sets used in the evaluation and supporting the analysis of data.
Brett Lane, President and Founding Member of INSTLL, LLC, an education consulting firm, has over 15years experience working with state education agencies, districts, and schools on a wide range of research,consultative and policy-oriented educational initiatives. As an evaluator and policy analyst, Mr. Lane’s areasof expertise include district and school improvement, state and district turnaround strategies, stateaccountability systems, teacher effectiveness, high school reform, and charter schools. Mr. Lane’s currentwork involves researching and informing the policy conditions necessary for states and districts to effectivelysupport local district and school improvement efforts. Mr. Lane is currently working with leaders in multiplestates, including Massachusetts, to develop and implement policies and strategies that will improve publiceducation and close achievement gaps.Mr. Lane has authored articles and policy briefs on a variety of education issues, including charter schools,school turnaround, state systems of support, and district improvement. His most recent publications include
Rapid District Improvement: How districts engage in rapid and sustainable improvement efforts
Transforming a Statewide System of Support: The Idaho Story
, both published through the Center onInnovation & Improvement.Mass Insight Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, was founded in 1997. Itslaunch reflected the high priority that business, government, and education leaders placed at that time on thesuccess of Massachusetts' nascent standards-based reform drive, set in motion by the passage of the EducationReform Act of 1993. It is the sister organization of Mass Insight Global Partnerships, which has worked since1989 to keep Massachusetts and its businesses and institutions globally competitive. Mass Insight’s nationalwork focuses on district and state strategies to turn around low performing schools.