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What policies does ExcelinEd promote?

Our reform agenda and initiatives are based on proven policies and our principles. Our team is advancing signature reform policies that promote A-F school accountability; ensure children are reading proficiently by third grade and minimize risk of failure; and broaden capabilities for a customized educational experience through school choice, course access and digital learning.  Our suite of proven education reform policies focus on creating a high-quality, student-centered education system driven by states.  Visit our Policy Library to learn more.

How does ExcelinEd promote its reform agenda?

The sole focus of our work is promoting policies to raise student achievement.  We do that by providing model legislation, rule-making expertise, implementation strategies, and public outreach to states seeking to improve K-12 education. Our staff has years of experience working with state and local governments, legislative bodies, executive offices and in the classroom.

How many states does ExcelinEd work in?

Since 2008, we’ve expanded our work nationally from just three states to engagement in 48 states, impacting the educational experience for millions of students. Learn more at

Who are ExcelinEd’s donors?

More than 80 percent of ExcelinEd’s operational expenses are funded by private foundations, non-profit organizations, philanthropies and individuals.

What is the National Summit on Education Reform?

The National Summit on Education Reform is an annual two-day event hosted by ExcelinEd that provides lawmakers, policymakers, educators and advocates the opportunity to learn about successful education reforms happening throughout the world and together build consensus and form solutions to shared challenges. Like many other organizations that host conferences, ExcelinEd accepts sponsorships from corporations to help fund the costs of this summit. The Foundation does not endorse specific corporate products, vendors or programs. Learn More about the National Summit at

What is Digital Learning Now?

Digital Learning Now is a national initiative ExcelinEd launched with the goal of advancing state policies that create a high-quality digital learning environment to better equip all students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this 21st-century economy.  Learn more at

What is Arts for Life!?

Arts for Life! is an award program established by then-First Lady of Florida Columba Bush to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of high school students’ throughout Florida.  Annually, Arts for Life! awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 Florida high school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art. Since 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 375 high school seniors.

What is Chiefs for Change?

Launched in 2010, Chiefs for Change is an independent, bipartisan coalition of current and former state education chiefs who believe that American public education can be dramatically improved and share an urgency to achieve that goal. ExcelinEd was proud to support them in an administrative capacity through 2014. As of January 1, 2015, Chiefs for Change is an independent 501(c)(3). Visit their website to learn more at

What is Learn More. Go Further?

2014 marked the 15 year anniversary of the passage and implementation of the A+ Plan that started Florida’s education reform journey.  Learn More. Go Further. was an initiative of ExcelinEd that marked this anniversary and shared with Florida parents and teachers the countless academic gains Sunshine State students have made over the last 15 years, and the direction the state was headed to continue improving the quality of education for students.