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Mass Insight Education and Research Institute Inc

 18 Tremont St., Suite 1010
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 778-1500
[F] (617) 778-1505
www.massinsight.org
[email protected]
Laura Sherman
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INCORPORATED: 1997
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3369687

LAST UPDATED: 06/30/2014
Organization DBA 04-3369687
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Mass Insight Education's mission is to develop and implement strategies to transform public schools into high performance organizations and close achievement gaps. 

Mission Statement

Mass Insight Education's mission is to develop and implement strategies to transform public schools into high performance organizations and close achievement gaps. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $13,376,657.00
Projected Expense $12,718,446.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  • College Success Community (CSC) Model
  • School Turnaround Group (STG)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Mass Insight Education's mission is to develop and implement strategies to transform public schools into high performance organizations and close achievement gaps. 

Background Statement

Mass Insight Education and Research Institute Inc. is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit that organizes public schools, business, government, higher education, and strategic partnerships to significantly improve student achievement. 

Mass Insight's education reform strategies are defined by two convictions:

1. Change at scale depends on the practical integration of research, policy, and practice.
2. Only dramatic and comprehensive change in high-poverty schools will produce significant achievement gains. 

The evidence-based strategies that Mass Insight implemented to help make Massachusetts a reform model now inform the organization’s work on several high-impact goals:

  • Achieving college success for students, by improving remediation, college persistence, matriculation, and graduation, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. 
  • Using Advanced Placement (AP) as a lever to attain excellence in math, science, and English coursework and to transform school culture.
  • The successful turnaround of consistently under-performing public schools.

Impact Statement

Mass Insight Education has played a critical role in Massachusetts education reform since our founding in 1997:

Since 2007, Mass Insight has led Massachusetts as one of six states to implement a multi-year Advanced Placement (AP) academic platform to increase AP participation and performance, and ultimately put students on the pathway to college success. This AP program is currently operating in 53 Massachusetts high schools.

In 2007, Mass Insight published “The Turnaround Challenge”, the framework for a multi-phase effort focused on strategies to turn around the nation's worst-performing schools and transform urban district structures to create community-based school clusters. This document has been called "the Bible of school turnaround" by Arne Duncan. Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of students, who are disproportionately low-income and minority, are trapped in persistently low-performing schools. If we are to dramatically and systematically improve our nation's failing schools, we must fix the state and local systems, including structures, policies, and incentives, that are fundamentally broken.

In 2011, Mass Insight was selected as the sole provider for Pre-AP teacher training in the state of Massachusetts, through the acquisition of $4 million in Race To The Top funds.

In 2012, through a partnership with the Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning (INSTLL), Mass Insight published two research reports: the “Mass Math + Science Initiative Phase I Evaluation Report”  and “Achieving College Success: Examining the Impact of the Mass Math + Science Initiative on Students’ Matriculation to and Persistence in College”. Analysis revealed that our AP core academic program has a demonstrated impact on student AP participation, AP performance, college matriculation, and college persistence.

In 2012, Mass Insight began to implement its newest educational initiative: College Success Communities (CSCs). While previous educational programs have only focused on pulling one lever of change at a time, Mass Insight takes a three pronged approach to school reform, combining Rigorous Academic Design and Strategies, Next-Generation School Cluster and District Design, and High-Visibility Community Campaigns into a single, comprehensive model.

Needs Statement

Mass Insight Education has been on a trajectory of growth by every measure, most importantly in terms of our impact both locally in Massachusetts and nationally. To support and expand our performance partnerships with school districts and the thought leadership expected of us, we are committed to strengthening our corporate organizational capacity, particularly in: 1) marketing/communications, 2) strategy, 3) research, and 4) fundraising. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
NATIONAL

Mass Insight Education serves more than 8,000 students across 53 public high schools in Massachusetts. We provide access to rigorous AP and college-level coursework for low-income and minority students. Furthermore, we track student data within and across schools to ensure that we are providing access to rigorous coursework for all students. Additionally, Mass Insight has conducted successful national turnaround engagements in Delaware, Rhode Island, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, and Jefferson Parish, the largest school district in Louisiana.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Mass Insight led Massachusetts as one of six states to receive a $13.2 million multi-year grant from the National Math + Science Initiative. The resulting program focuses on increasing participation and performance in Advanced Placement (AP) math, science, and English courses. Mass Insight has scaled this program to over 60 schools in Massachusetts, serving over 8,000 students and effectively doubling the number of students taking AP coursework in these schools. As a group, students who receive AP instruction persist in college at significantly higher rates than others. Mass Insight now has 5,000+ graduates who are currently being tracked through college as part of a national research agenda, with promising preliminary results. 
Budget  5,400,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Increase AP Participation: Greater student participation in math, science, and English AP courses.

Increase AP Performance: More qualifying scores (scores of 3, 4, or 5) on AP examinations.

Program Long-Term Success 

Increase College Success: A greater number of students matriculating to and graduating from college.

Program Success Monitored By  Mass Insight, in collaboration with the Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning (INSTLL) Inc., collects and publishes data on AP participation and performance annually by school, by various student subgroups, and in the aggregate across the initiative. Additionally, Mass Insight has developed a national research agenda, guided by a research advisory committee. To facilitate our research agenda, we have established data sharing agreements with 11 local community colleges, UMASS Boston, and UMASS Dartmouth to track the success of our students through college. 
Examples of Program Success 

Increasing AP Participation:

MIE serves approximately 25% of the African American and Hispanic student population in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yet accounts for approximately 50% of the state’s AP enrollments and 36% of the state’s qualifying AP scores for these populations.

Increasing AP Performance:

The rate at which African American and Hispanic students receive AP Qualifying Scores in MIE schools is higher than the rate at which African American and Hispanic students take AP exams at non-MIE comparison schools.

Increasing College Success:

Low-income MIE students are 14% more likely and African American MIE students are 18% more likely to attend college than the Massachusetts state average.

Over 90% of MIE students persist into a second year of college.


College Success Community (CSC) Model

Mass Insight Education is creating a new paradigm for college success that clusters together neighborhood schools into a comprehensive 6th to 12th grade model that we call a“College Success Community” (CSC). The CSC model will develop high-quality community-based schools that will become the first choice for students in their neighborhood. This shift will benefit economic and cultural development of the community surrounding a CSC as education becomes a common focal point of local funders, parents, community leaders, and politicians who will want to invest in their own community and their own students. This serves as the blueprint for developing a network of CSCs throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.While most previous educational programs have focused on pulling only one lever of change at a time, MIE takes a three pronged approach to school reform, combining Rigorous Academic Design and StrategiesNext-Generation School Cluster and District Design, and High-Visibility Community Campaigns into a single, comprehensive model.
Budget  1,000,000
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

1. Increased student academic achievement in middle and high school, leading to increased college readiness.

2. Development of a culture that is conducive towards rigorous academics and student achievement.

3. Increased capacity of school leadership to function as strong leaders.

4. Increased engagement from parents and local community leaders.

Program Long-Term Success  Increase the number of students achieving college success, including improvements in remediation, college matriculation, persistence, and graduation from a 2- or 4-year institution. 
Program Success Monitored By  Guided by our national research advisory committee and in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning (INSTLL) Inc., Mass Insight has developed a research agenda to measure the full impact of its CSC initiative. Many high school interventions that are focused on college readiness lack a strong tracking component. In contrast, research is a critical component of the CSC initiative, which integrates longitudinal tracking of students. Students will be invited to participate in post-High School activities, which may include annual surveys, participation in an online mentoring group, and direct contact with a school or regionally based engagement manager. The dual support/tracking components will provide access to students’ experiences over time.
Examples of Program Success  This program will leverage the success of both our AP and STG work.

School Turnaround Group (STG)

This initiative works with districts across the nation to turnaround the lowest-performing schools through reorganization of underlying operating procedures. In 2007, MIE published "The Turnaround Challenge", the framework for a multi-phase effort focused on strategies to turn around the nation's worst-performing schools and transform urban district structures to create community-based school clusters. Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of students, who are disproportionately low-income and minority, are trapped in persistently low-performing schools. If we are to dramatically and systematically improve our nation's failing schools, we must fix the state and local systems, including structures, policies, and incentives, that are fundamentally broken. Since this preliminary work, MIE has gone on to conduct successful national turnaround engagements in Delaware, Rhode Island, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, and Jefferson Parish, the largest school district in Louisiana. 
Budget  3,500,000
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Establish a series of turnaround initiatives in districts throughout the country. Goals are specific to the needs of each district that we serve. 
Program Long-Term Success  Turnaround some of the nation's worst performing schools/districts to help increase student achievement in these locations, and in the process create a model for rethinking and decentralizing the structure of urban districts.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Providence and Central Falls, RI: We focused on building district-wide data systems, revamping teacher evaluation processes, and vesting a deputy superintendent with significant authority to manage an immense turnaround process. This resulted in an 18.8% increase in the high school graduation rate and a 19% decrease in the drop-out rate.

Delaware: We helped design state regulations, filled capacity gaps before the state’s turnaround office was fully staffed, and created the policies and procedures that governed this work. This resulted in significant growth for math performance compared to the state average (a 23 point increase at our four Delaware schools versus a 10 point increase for the state).

Jefferson Parish, LA: We are focusing on reorganization of the central office; for instance, 259 positions were eliminated, and 50 more functional positions were added, for a total of $9.9 million in re-purposed funding. Our efforts have resulted in shifting from 18 failing schools in the J. Parish district in 2010 to only 4 failing schools in 2013.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. William H. Guenther Esq
CEO Term Start Feb 1997
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

William H. Guenther founded Mass Insight Education in 1997. He is the CEO and Chairman of Mass Insight. Mass Insight's current work focuses on developing a new paradigm for college success: "College Success Communities". Bill has led Mass Insight's work in three fields: (1) Research – he shaped and served as co-author of The Turnaround Challenge (2007) which received national attention and is credited with shaping state and district turnaround strategies of our most chronically underperforming schools; (2) Standards-based services to schools – Bill led the successful effort to win one of six $13 million NMSI Advanced Placement math and science program grants and organized and oversees Mass Insight’s team to deliver the program; (3) Advocacy and Policy - Bill led the statewide advocacy effort in Massachusetts. The Great Schools Campaign and its predecessor, the Campaign for Higher Standards, have played a highly visible and successful role in shaping and supporting Massachusetts school reform. 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Justin Cohen President, Mass Insight Education Prior to joining Mass Insight, he was Director of the Office of Portfolio Management and senior adviser to Chancellor Michelle Rhee at the District of Columbia Public Schools. Justin sits on the board of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington DC and is a national trustee of Students for Education Reform.
Mr. Michael Contompasis Executive Chairman, AP Program Mr. Contompasis has over 45 years of experience in the field of education. He received a MA in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Recently, Mr. Contompasis retired from the Boston Public Schools, previously serving as Superintendent of Schools, Chief Operations Officer, and Headmaster of Boston Latin School. 
Ms. Sally Guadagno Director of English Services Sally is an experienced English teacher, with more than thirty years of teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. She introduced the AP Language and Composition course to Marshfield High School, and has served as the district representative to the Academic Assembly of the College Board.
Ms. Amy Johnson Director of Science Services Amy has over 10 years of experience with the AP Program. In addition to being a recipient of the 2010 NMSI Science Teacher of the Year Award, Amy has been teaching AP Physics since 2002. Additionally, Amy has served as a trainer for the Mass Insight AP Summer Institute and 2-day workshops for science. This comes in addition to her work as a Pre-AP certified instructor for Year 1 Physics.  
Mr. Chris Maher Vice President of Field Engagements Chris Maher is the Vice President of Field Engagements for the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education. In addition to experience as a nonprofit and school district executive, Chris has served as a principal, teacher and public school advocate. Prior to joining the STG, Chris was the Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Friendship Schools in Baltimore, Maryland. Chris has a M.P.A from New York University, and a Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He received his B.A. from the College of Wooster.
Mr. John Smolenski Senior Field Director

John joined Mass Insight in 2008 after twenty-four years of active service in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, where he held a variety of positions in operations, recruiting, and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Boston University. 

Mr. John Souther Director of Math Services John taught mathematics for over 27 years, and taught AP Calculus for 16 years. He began his teaching career at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, taught at Norwell High School, and most recently taught at Notre Dame Academy. He coached math teams for over 20 years. John joined Mass Insight in 2010, after completing his third year as an AP exam reader. John has also been a presenter for the Pre-AP program, training many Massachusetts teachers.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
At Scale Endorsement Governor's STEM Council 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

State Development Network (SDN)
Our State Development Network convenes 12 state education agencies to push bold new statewide reform policies. Since 2009, Mass Insight has convened this group of state leaders to create a toolkit for the “power levers” that state leaders can use to change the dynamics of school turnaround in their states.
 
Higher Education Partnerships

-Partnerships with 11 local community colleges, UMASS Dartmouth, and UMASS Boston’s Upward Bound Program will facilitate student transitions to local colleges.

-A significant portion of Boston college bound students attend UMASS Boston. MIE has therefore established a partnership with UMASS Boston to share student data using metrics such as college matriculation, course selection, persistence, and graduation rates.
 
Research Partnerships
-A Mass Insight Research Advisory Committee has been formed to provide expert feedback on the scope of our research agenda. Current members of the Advisory Committee include: Jonathan Cowan, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP); J. Puckett, Boston Consulting Group; Dr. Jane Hannaway, Director of the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER); Dr. Ronald Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and Dr. Margaret Raymond, Director of the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes.

Career Partnerships:

-Students are paired with Student Partners, employees from local businesses including State Street and Thermo Fisher Scientific, who provide engaging career experiences, particularly in the STEM and financial service fields. 

-MIE will continue its partnership with The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) to offer summer internships to students at local businesses, providing hands-on career experience and coaching. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 60
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 42
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 38
Male: 22
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. William H Guenther Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mass Insight Education
Board Chair Term Feb 2007 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jim Balfanz President, City Year Voting
Mr. Frederick Breimyer Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Voting
Dr. Carole A Cowan Middlesex Community College --
Mr. William H Guenther Esq Mass Insight Education Voting
Mr. Richard W. O'Neill Renaissance School Services, Inc. Voting
Ms. Margery L Piercey CPA Wolf & Company, P.C. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Mass Insight is currently seeking to expand our Board of Directors, to better reflect the scope and scale of our work, and to reflect the diversity of the students and educators that we serve.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $13,376,657.00
Projected Expense $12,718,446.00
Form 990s

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited Financial

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $10,546,246 $7,490,431 $6,327,527
Total Expenses $9,539,744 $7,557,956 $5,182,718

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $6,859,619 $5,261,886 $5,496,846
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,684,856 $2,224,494 $829,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,771 $4,051 $781
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $8,307,010 $6,883,413 $4,709,587
Administration Expense $388,741 $199,457 $204,349
Fundraising Expense $843,993 $475,086 $268,782
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 0.99 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 91% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 9% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $4,150,508 $2,564,545 $2,382,698
Current Assets $2,781,137 $2,490,866 $1,682,101
Long-Term Liabilities $638,061 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $429,903 $488,503 $239,131
Total Net Assets $3,082,544 $2,076,042 $2,143,567

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.47 5.10 7.03

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 15% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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