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#AskExcelinEd: What do families want for their children’s education?

This is National School Choice Week, a time when you may read about families choosing one school over another. To policymakers and education professionals, the choice can appear binary. Public schools or private ones. Full-time online schools or full-time brick-and-mortar schools. But I’m not so sure parents and families think like that. How do they […]

Tricia Shelton: Where is she now?

Deciding what school will work best for one child can be challenging enough. Can you imagine having to do it for three children? Tricia Shelton—now a mother of three, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—was one of the finalists in ExcelinEd’s 2017 Choices in Education Video Competition. In the video she submitted for the competition, Tricia Shelton described […]

How States Can Address Charter School Facility Needs

Nationwide, over 3 million students are enrolled in public charter schools, and an additional 2 million students want to attend a charter school but cannot access one. Despite their obvious success, public charter schools often lack access to affordable facilities. Traditional public schools can raise local funding specifically for facilities. Charter schools cannot. Instead, they generally […]

The History of School Choice

National School Choice Week (NSCW) provides an opportunity for students, parents, teachers, advocates and policymakers to highlight the existing array of K-12 school options and the benefits of school choice. Though NSCW started in 2011, the idea of “school choice” long predates the week that now celebrates it. As stakeholders across the nation reflect on […]

#FactFriday: Students have joined an Hour of Code 910+ million times since 2013

With technology transforming every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. And each year,’s Hour of Code campaign inspires millions of students around the world to take the first step toward learning computer science. This one-hour introduction to computer science demystifies code and shows that anybody can […]

#AskExcelinEd: 5 Steps to Transform Professional Learning for Teachers

Professional development has the potential to help millions of hardworking teachers cultivate their instructional practice to improve student outcomes. Yet in many districts, this resource fails to produce positive changes in the classroom, despite substantial investments of money and time. ExcelinEd’s new policy brief, Transforming Professional Learning: Actions for States to Help Teachers Continuously Improve […]

#FactFriday: Florida’s 2018-19 Graduation Rate Climbs to 86.9 Percent

Florida’s families and educators can be proud that more students are graduating from high school. Since 2008-09, the percentage of students graduating has gone from 65 percent to nearly 90 percent. Statewide highlights of Florida’s 2018-19 graduation rate include*:  Black or African American students’ graduation rate increased to 81.5 percent in 2018-19, a rise of 0.6 […]

#AskExcelinEd: How could Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue impact education?

In late 2019, we defined Blaine Amendments and explained how states differ in their interpretations of these amendments, which prevent government money from flowing to faith-based institutions. Next week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which questions the constitutionality of so-called “Blaine […]

#FactFriday: 3 policy areas can help states address charter school facility needs

Lack of access to affordable facilities is one of the most critical issues facing charter schools across the country. This reality can stifle the growth of existing charter schools and limit the expansion of new quality public school options for our nation’s families. Learn how your state can use a combination of tools to fully […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states promote mastery-based systems in a seat-time-centric world?

Time-based systems, also known as “seat-time” requirement systems, still form the basis of today’s traditional schools. The prevailing assumption has been that state policies for seat-time requirements constrict schools and hinder attempts to innovate. However, far more flexibility exists than originally thought.   Furthermore, a 2019 report by ExcelinEd’s notes that 33 states and Washington, D.C., have […]