Through the My School Information Design Challenge and the research on which it was based, states possess a greater understanding of the need and opportunity to transform their school report cards. They have access to creative ideas and willing assistance to help them reach that goal. Continue Reading How to Transform Convoluted Documents into Accessible School Report Cards
Over the past five months, ExcelinEd has been focused on bringing creative energy to a national opportunity. And just what is that opportunity? Improving parents’ ability to access and understand powerful school information. Continue Reading ExcelinEd Develops Roadmap for States to Deliver Powerful School Information
In December 2013, two lawsuits were filed, one by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the North Carolina Justice Center, and another by the North Carolina School Board Association, to block low-income families from using Opportunity Scholarships. The new voucher program launched for the 2014-15 school year with over 5,500 applications. However, due… Continue Reading Opportunity Scholarships are a Lifeline to a Better Education – to a Better Life
Our very own Karla Phillips joined Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark last month to visit two school networks in Phoenix that teach young people to use their minds well. Earlier this month, Vander Ark shared about the school networks in two posts on his EdWeek blog. Check out part one on Great Hearts Academies below. (Click here to read part two… Continue Reading Using Minds Well in the Grand Canyon State
MINIMUM GROWTH WARNING: AT YOUR CHILD’S CURRENT RATE OF PROGRESS AND ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL ON THE STATE ASSESSMENT, THE PROBABILITY OF YOUR STUDENT GRADUATING ON TIME IS _____ %.
What if parents received these notices on their child’s report cards? Continue Reading Warning: Delayed Graduation Possible
I am excited today to announce a new initiative by the Foundation for Excellence in Education called EdPolicy Leaders Online, a series of free, self-paced online education reform massive open online courses (MOOCs) designed specifically for policymakers and education reform partners. The best part is – you can enroll right now! Continue Reading EdPolicy Leaders Online: Access to Education’s Top Experts
Imagine an education system where we go beyond school choice, where we give families a choice over courses. Not simply the courses available in their schools, but every conceivable course that could be offered – languages such as Chinese, technical courses such as welding, rigorous academic courses such as Advanced Placement calculus, or even music… Continue Reading Expanding student minds in the Bayou
Last week, Michigan Virtual University (MVU) released Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report for 2013-2014. The second annual report, required by the legislature, looks at 2013-2014 data from the Michigan Department of Education to analyze the growth and effectiveness of the online delivery model. This unique requirement enacted through Public Act 60 encourages transparency, additional… Continue Reading Report Review: Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report
Oklahomans should feel the gravest possible level of concern. It is an unambiguous blessing to have multiple generations of Americans alive at the same time, but the American social welfare state is not prepared for it at either the state or federal level. Continue Reading Will Oklahoma be OK or KO in 2030 and Beyond?
“This school afforded me the opportunity to be a ‘D’ passing student.” De’Antay Curry from Birmingham went on to say “I stayed in this school for two years, and I was told that I was doing better than most.” Thankfully, De’Antay was not proud of the results, despite his teachers suggesting he should be, and… Continue Reading “This School Afforded Me the Opportunity to Be a ‘D’ Passing Student”