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Harbor Freight “Tools for Schools” Prize for Teaching Excellence Highlights the Importance of CTE Programs Across the Country

  When Harbor Freight Tools launched its inaugural Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence last June, so many outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs were profiled in public high schools across the nation. As a judge in the contest, I was immediately struck by the energy these teachers bring to their students […]

#AskExcelinEd: What we are looking forward to in 2018.

  Across the nation, education reform remains a top priority for those working year in and year out on behalf of students—whether in state capitols, classrooms, board rooms or living rooms. In 2018, ExcelinEd will continue to support state leaders who are on the front lines of reform by leading, supporting and partnering to achieve our […]

EIE17 Memorable Moments

Recently, we celebrated our 10th annual National Summit on Education Reform in Nashville, Tennessee. It was rewarding to see all the new faces at what was our biggest event yet to date. And, great to catch up with old friends, including those of you that have attended many – even all – of our 10 summits. […]

Report Card on Report Cards: States Falling Short in Providing Essential Education Data to the Public

Florida has pioneered great improvements to its education system over the past few decades, dramatically boosting the quality of schools and accountability from top to bottom. Yet, like other states, more work lies ahead to ensure all schools are adequately preparing students for college and careers in the hyper-competitive 21st century global economy. To achieve […]

Four Takeaways from Florida’s Legislative Meeting on K-12 Scholarship Programs

Last week, I was invited by the Florida House of Representatives’ PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee to share an overview of regulations required for participation in the nation’s many scholarship programs. Here are a few takeaways from my presentation: Scholarship programs positively impact students and taxpayers. The majority of research shows that students benefit from scholarship programs: […]

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 […]

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