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#AskExcelinEd: How can states ensure students are reading on grade-level?

You know the story of Dorothy from Kansas—how a young girl and her flawed companions set out on the yellow brick road to meet the wish-granting Wizard of Oz. Along the way, the travelers face their greatest fears and overcome issues with the road itself. But they persevere, and their journey on the yellow brick […]

#FactFriday: It’s Words Matter Week

We’re celebrating Words Matter Week by sharing two of our favorite blog posts on early literacy. Visit to learn how your state can empower every child to read and succeed. #AskExcelinEd: Why Can’t Millions of Kids Read?   #AskExcelinEd: How Can States Fix America’s Reading Problem? What Others Are Saying #Writing✏️ #WordsOfWisdom #WordsMatterWeek #WordArt😍 #WordsMatter […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are the 4 state policy levers for school turnaround?

School turnaround is hard—arguably one of the hardest things to do in education. Just last year, states identified 5,664 schools across the nation as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools—meaning that thousands of students attended schools that performed in the bottom 5% of their state’s accountability framework and/or had a graduation rate below 67%. States, […]

#FactFriday: 27% of charter school students are African American

Public and private school choice opens doors and creates educational opportunities for families across the country. And its influence doesn’t end there! Learn about the positive impact of private school choice on public school students. What Others Are Saying "The first lady of the civil rights movement spent her entire life working to improve the lives of […]

#AskExcelinEd: Our Favorite Moments from #CTEMonth

We talk a lot about career and technical education (CTE) at ExcelinEd. This policy offers states an exciting opportunity to set up their local economies, employers and students for long-term success. As #CTEMonth draws to a close, I hope you’ll take a look at the great resources, articles and posts below to identify ways to strengthen CTE […]

Lesson from Hawaii: How CTE can develop a talented workforce to meet future economic priorities

ExcelinEd and Dr. Danielle Mezera have supported Hawaii’s efforts to align state career and technical education programs with state economic priorities. When Congress reauthorized Perkins V in 2018, they presented states with a valuable opportunity to ensure career and technical education (CTE) systems support high-quality career pathways that prepare students for success in mid/high-wage, mid/high-skill, […]

#FactFriday: 25+ Resources to Advance Quality CTE Programs

States that act now to strengthen their career and technical education programs will set up their local economies, employers and students for long-term success. And ExcelinEd’s resources can help states do just that. Visit for research, policy playbooks, model policies and videos to help you transform CTE for students in your state! What Others Are Saying What is #CTE, and how can […]

Quality in CTE Programs: It’s All About the Data

Quality career and technical education (CTE) programs can offer students a leg up in a promising career or a head start in postsecondary and career. But, unfortunately, not all CTE programs are high quality. Why? Because it’s not easy for states to ensure rigorous and robust CTE offerings. Yet it is possible, and data can […]

#AskExcelinEd About Work-Based Learning

Learn how states can develop and implement high-quality WBL programs in our new policy playbook.

#FactFriday: Why do parents and students love CTE?

High-quality career and technical education programs deliver what students and parents want! To learn more about CTE and how can it serve students in your state, visit CTE 101 Watch this video from Advance CTE to learn how CTE prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. What […]