The Boston Opportunity Agenda (BOA) is a public/private partnership comprising the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the city’s leading public charities and many local foundations to ensure that all Boston residents have access to the education necessary for upward economic mobility, civic engagement and lifelong learning for themselves and their families.
Goals and Benchmarks
The Boston Opportunity Agenda has set goals and benchmarks to track the health of our educational systems. Working with Boston Indicators and the Boston Public Schools Office of Data and Accountability, the BOA annually publishes a report card detailing progress against the goals using data from the Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Boston Opportunity Agenda Approach
The Boston Opportunity Agenda is led by Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Walczak, and governed by the CEOs of each member organization who identify important issues facing our educational pipeline in whole or in part, formulate the Boston Opportunity Agenda priorities and strategies, and provide a call to action for community stakeholders.
Our partnership is driven by three principles:
Our investments focus on building networks and delivery systems rather than increasing the capacity of a single organization or program. Across the educational pipeline, we set goals and consider investments in these areas:
Since 2014 BOA’s work has focused not only Boston Public Schools, but also Catholic and Charter schools located in Boston.
Our latest piece of work is to define college and career readiness for Boston. We will set a citywide goal with leading and lagging indicators so that we can reach a better understanding of the skills, attributes and knowledge our young people must possess when they exit K-12 and pursue their postsecondary path.