Harvard Business School, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Boston Consulting Group, is bringing business and education leaders together to better understand how they can collaborate to transform America’s PK-12 education system.

The research partnership has produced three major reports:

In the current climate, global standards for education are rising, and America must be able at least to keep pace, if not to lead. While the past three decades have shown a gradual improvement in many indicators of average U.S. student performance, the time has come to push for transformative progress. A number of trends are now converging that make it easier than ever before for business to partner meaningfully and effectively with educators.

The BCG-Gates-HBS PK-12 research focuses on best practices for partnerships between business leaders and educators to accelerate improvement in America’s schools. The research has identified three high-leverage ways in which business leaders can engage with educators to bring about significant change for the better:

  • LAYING THE POLICY FOUNDATIONS FOR EDUCATION INNOVATION
  • SCALING UP PROVEN INNOVATION THAT BOOST STUDENT OUTCOMES
  • REINVENTING THE LOCAL EDUCATION ECOSYSTEM IN CITIES AND REGIONS
 
In addition, to understand educators’ perceptions on competitiveness, BCG and HBS conducted the first-ever nationwide survey of school superintendents on U.S. competitiveness and business’ role in education.