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#FactFriday: Only 28 states collect quantitative data on K-12 students’ credential attainment

Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis by ExcelinEd and Burning Glass Technologies, examines whether the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. Explore the most extensive data collection available on industry-recognized credentials earned in states at CredentialsMatter.org. What Others Are Saying Out of the twenty-four states in @ExcelinEd and @Burning_Glass's study, 12 were rated as having moderate alignment, […]

What to Make of Louisiana Voucher Research?

Researchers from the University of Arkansas recently studied achievement effects on students participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) between 2012 and 2016. Using a rigorous experimental design, the authors find negative effects for participating students on state assessments, particularly in math. Some evidence suggests students enrolled in larger schools with higher tuition experienced more […]

#AskExcelinEd: 5 types of credentials: What are they and what is their value?

Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis by ExcelinEd and Burning Glass Technologies, examines whether the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. This project presents the most extensive data collection available on industry-recognized credentials earned in states.

#FactFriday: 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional

Learn more about the fight to unlock lifelong opportunity and success for every child at ExcelinEd.org. What Others Are Saying 65 Years After Brown v. Board, This New Charter School Is Integrating Students In Alabama, a pivotal state in the civil rights movement, there are still areas where the school system is very much separate—and yes, unequal.  But as ExcelinEd’s Nathan Hoffman […]

65 Years After Brown v. Board, This New Charter School Is Integrating Students

It’s been 65 years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated the nation’s public school system. Since then, schools by law have been “integrated,” or at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. But in Alabama, a pivotal state in the civil rights movement, there are still areas where the school system is very much separate—and yes, unequal.   One public charter […]

3 Things That Matter for Charter Schools

It’s National Charter Schools Week and we are excited share the first blog from new ExcelinEd team member Dr. Cara Stillings Candal who will be heading up the organization’s policy work in private school choice. You may know her from her 2018 book, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation. Dr. Candal takes this opportunity […]

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Make Better Use of Industry-Recognized Credentials?

Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis by ExcelinEd and Burning Glass Technologies, examines whether the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. This project presents the most extensive data collection available on industry-recognized credentials earned in states.

#AskExcelinEd: Why do PARENTS start public charter schools?

If you’re not familiar with charter schools, this question may not have occurred to you. You might not have realized that parents are often founders of charter schools. But they are. I know because I recently asked dozens of charter school founders why they started charter schools, and here are six examples of what parents […]

Why do TEACHERS start public charter schools?

During this year’s National Charter Schools Week, you may hear about charter schools and about teachers, but did you know that many charter schools are founded by teachers? Here are seven examples from seven states of teachers and administrators starting new schools. Delaware When a former Montessori teacher and community members recognized that the rural […]

Good news for charters is good news for students and teachers

This is National Charter Schools Week and there is good news. Charter schools are in high demand, they serve students well and they empower teachers and parents to be more actively involved in education. A few quick reminders about charter schools. Charter schools are public schools operated independently of school boards. Every charter school must […]