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#AskExcelinEd: What impact does a comprehensive K-3 Reading Policy have on 4th grade NAEP scores?

Last month, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, however we saw some bright spots in fourth-grade reading performance from some states like Arizona, Florida, and Mississippi. In our last #AskExcelinEd NAEP series, we explore states that have a comprehensive K-3 Reading policy and its impact on […]

The Secret of Underemployment

We like stories about people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. I remember a film from the 80s called The Secret of My Success. In the movie, Michael J. Fox’s character, a recent university graduate, lands an entry level job in finance only to learn that his job is eliminated before he even starts. Then, […]

Kansas’ New Vision for Education 

Smack dab in the middle of the U.S., a new “space program” is underway that could impact the state of Kansas. 

#AskExcelinEd: What does NAEP tell us about A-F school grading in Indiana?

Last month, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, with improvements in states—like Indiana—that are embracing A-F school grading.

Succeed Scholarships Now Expand Choices for More Students

Like many parents, Laura Ward grew up in a time when the local public school was the only choice. But when her son required specialized attention, a single educational option was not enough. Laura and her son are one of 165 Arkansas students that have been able to take advantage of the state’s Succeed Scholarship […]

Dubarry Determined: A Charter School’s Role in Revitalizing a Community

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama When I took over Tindley Summit Academy in October of 2017, I wanted to do more than lead a school. I […]

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Top Public High Schools: By the Numbers

This week U.S. News & World Report published their 2018 rankings for the top public high schools in the U.S. There’s plenty of good news for states like Arizona who boasts six of the top 10 public high schools, and for Florida who earned 13 spots in the top 100. And there continues to be […]

Growing Charter Schools Through Federal Opportunity Zones

This blog originally appeared in Education Next on May 9, 2018.  As charter schools across the country struggle to keep up with demand, a new federal tax incentive could hold the key to spurring billions of dollars in investment in low-income areas with limited access to quality public charter school options. Despite educating more than 3.2 […]

#AskExcelinEd – Why do people start public charter schools?

As we continue to celebrate National Charter Schools Week, ExcelinEd Associate Director of Policy Sam Duell highlights seven stories from seven states of people who have founded charter schools to improve their communities.  Why do people start public charter schools? It’s a question you may hear this week as advocates and adversaries debate the charter school […]

Charter Schools and the American Experience

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that state-authorized charter schools are, in fact, public schools and are owed public funds raised for public school students. After four years of legal back-and-forth, 16,000 students in more than 40 Louisiana schools can rest assured that the education at their school of choice will be funded for the foreseeable […]

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