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Let’s Ask the Right Question

The Associated Press recently published an article called, “US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation” (11/3/2017) that draws from an their own study of national enrollment data. Armed with their own analysis, they concluded that about 1,000 charter schools across the country serve super-majorities of students who either identify as African American or […]

Putting Career and Technical Education to Work for Student Success

Preparing students for entry and advancement in today’s workforce has become a top priority – and a bipartisan one – in states across the nation. Indeed, it’s become almost commonplace to read about the “skills gap” in today’s workforce – as well as new initiatives to address it through secondary education. Whether via internships, industry-based […]

It’s Time for International “Catch-up” in 4th-Grade Reading

Less than two decades ago, 4th graders in the United States were among the highest performing readers in the world. The year was 2001, and students in only three countries—Sweden, the Netherlands and England—significantly outperformed our nation’s students on the inaugural “Progress in International Reading Literacy Study,” better known as PIRLS. PIRLS is administered every five […]

North Carolina’s New School Report Card Website is a Great Tool for Parents

We have all heard about information being shared on a “need to know” basis. Parents need to know about the quality of their children’s school. Unfortunately, such information often is not readily available. It is buried deep in web sites, and hidden behind technical jargon and impenetrable spreadsheets. Indiana Jones probably would have more success […]

ExcelinEd Identifies Key Trends in New Analysis of ESSA State Plans

Now that all 50 states and the District of Columbia have submitted their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans to the U.S. Department of Education, ExcelinEd has completed a landscape analysis of the nuts and bolts of these plans. “It’s encouraging that in the majority of states, schools will earn summative ratings that are easily […]

Live from #EIE17 with Mike Thomas

The National Summit on Education Reform celebrates its 10th anniversary this year in Nashville, drawing a record crowd of more than 1,100 attendees from more than 40 states. The leading minds in innovation and reform are here, and will be laying out a new and bold direction for education in the 21st century. Stay tuned […]

Public School Choice Works, Creates Opportunity

Public school choice is working for families across the country. While choice programs certainly face unique challenges in cities across the U.S., a recent study by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) finds that public school choice is “working well and resulting in new opportunities for families.” Some people claim education choice will result […]

#AskExcelinEd: Q&A with Governor Jeb Bush

Why did you first convene a national summit on education reform back in 2008? When we held our first summit in Orlando in 2008, our entire staff could have fit in a minivan. We were a start-up that took on the rather audacious mission of overhauling the nation’s education system, basing our approach on disruptive […]

Put Students at the Center of Education Funding

Too often, debates about state education funding focus solely on how much money should be provided to school districts. Far too little attention is paid to an equally or more important question: How can your state maximize the impact of existing funding? One critical strategy is to fund students, instead of allocating large blocks of […]

Testing tweaks that every state should consider during their 2018 legislative sessions

This piece featuring ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque was originally posted last week on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog.    Testing tweaks that every state should consider during their 2018 legislative sessions The FlyPaper November 8, 2017 By: Michael J. Petrilli Education reform advocates nationwide are putting together their wish lists for the state legislative […]

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