She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian

The Match High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Saïsa Nicolas, is featured in The Boston Globe today.  She is truly an amazing young woman who has overcome many obstacles to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.  Her teachers praise her for her intelligence and her compassion, and we're excited to see what she does next when she attends Wesleyan University this fall!

Read the full story here.

High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony

In the fourth and final installment of Liz Willen's series for The Hechinger Report, she reports on the final college decisions of the six Match High School seniors who she's been following since the fall.

On June 2nd, Liz attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year before an auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to listen to Liz Willen's podcast interview with Educate, a partner to The Hechinger Report on "What happens when students get into college—but can’t afford to attend?"

At Boston Charter School, College Decision Ceremony Mirrors NCAA’s National Signing Day

As a follow up to his May 3rd article, Kirk Carapezza from WGBH attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year.  The announcements were made before a packed auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here for audio of the event and interviews with staff members and students.

A principal who puts people first –and sometimes on YouTube

The Hechinger Report by Ray Schleck

In an OpEd for The Hechinger Report, Match Next principal Ray Schleck describes the Match Next model as an innovative and effective means for differentiating curriculum to meet more students' needs.  In one grade at Match Next, there are three master teachers overseeing 30 tutors (all recent-college-grad AmeriCorps members), who work with 100 students. This allows master teachers to focus on three things: train and coach tutors, develop curriculum, and work with students (individually and by leading class discussion).

Read the full article here.

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried

The New York Times by Anemona Hartocollis

In January, NYT writer Anemona Hartocollis visited Match High School to talk with students and staff members about the new SAT. Chief among the test's changes are longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.

Read the full article here.

Smartest kids: Massachusetts charter schools are few but mighty

Match Charter Public School is highlighted as one of the top schools in Massachusetts in a recent article published by Bridge Magazine at The Center for Michigan.  The article's author, Chastity Pratt, compares Michigan's current charter school system to that of Massachusetts's, whose whole education system has been top-ranked nationally over the last decade.

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Out of grief, a new resolve for one valedictorian

As the valedictorian of Match High School's class of 2014, Brittany Washum-Bennett has had to overcome great personal obstacles to reach this point in her life.  Over the weekend, The Boston Globe highlighted Brittany's journey as the cover story in the Metro section.  She will be attending UMass, Amherst this fall where she will major in chemistry with plans to attend medical school in the future.

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Duncan says Mass. can't be complacent about education

After his visit to Match on March 12th, Secretary Duncan said in an interview with the Globe that with the limited number of seats available in Boston charter schools, we need to start providing more options for the high demand of parents seeking to enroll their children in these successful schools. According to Duncan, the legislative decision to lift the charter cap should not rely solely on the issue of funding reimbursement for district schools who lose students to charter schools.

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Match-ing Students with Excellent Tutors

The Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research released a detailed paper on the effectiveness of the Match Corps tutoring program. The research suggests that "high-dosage" tutoring should be a central part in both school and district turnaround efforts because it is more cost-effective than reduced class sizes and extended school days. The press release highlights the most effective components of the Match Corps and why it has been such a successful program in the last ten years.

Click here to read the press release.

To read the full Pioneer Institute paper, click here.