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#EIA12 Summit App

As we’re gearing up for our National Summit (and by gearing up, I really mean we’re in full swing!) we are excited to give you a tool to help navigate the event. Find information about the agenda, speakers, strategy sessions, and our partners by using our new event app from Twoppy. Use this link on your […]

John Podesta to Give Keynote at the 2012 National Summit on Education Reform

Currently serving as chair and counselor of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Podesta has led American Progress to become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.

Progress trumped by misguided ideology in Indiana

Reform champion Tony Bennett lost his bid for reelection as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction on Tuesday to a coalition of reactionaries- the usual opponents of reform joined by conservative opponents of Common Core. Honest people can and do disagree over the Common Core State Standards, but the sort of arguments against it seen repeated in […]

Virtual school a great school choice for us

My daughter is in history class while I’m sitting across the room from her writing this blog. We are in Orlando. Her teacher is in Tampa. I have no idea where her classmates are. Caroline is in Florida Virtual School. We opted for this class because the history class at her school wasn’t working out. […]

State Actions- Turning Reform Into Reality

State leaders across the nation continue to make improving the quality of education a priority. Below is a summary of state actions that occurred during the past two weeks to advance reform. 
Indiana The Indiana Department of Education released A-F school grades this week for the 2011-2012 school year. The A-F school grading system was […]

Foundation for Excellence in Education Congratulates Indiana on the Release of A-F School Grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Indiana Department of Education released its A-F school grades for the 2011-2012 school year. The A-F school grading system was first implemented in Indiana last year. This year, the State introduced metrics that capture even more information about student learning. Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Excellence in […]

On Jeb Bush, the United Nations and drunk teachers in Michigan

In one of her latest posts, Diane Ravitch unleashes a stream of non sequiturs that begins with Michelle Rhee and Michigan, veers off to the United Nations and Canada, takes on global corporations and then does a quick drive-by on Jeb Bush. I must say, there’s never a dull moment with Diane. She takes on […]

Getting judged on the job I do makes me do it better

Joining the Foundation for Excellence in Education has been the most challenging job I’ve undertaken. My education background is in community health. But my mission here is “to ignite a movement of reform, state by state, to transform education for the 21st Century.” Obviously I had some catching up to do. My first 3 months felt as though […]

Writer flunks AP exam

When I was in high school, I wasn’t exactly sure what Advanced Placement courses were. All I knew was classes with “A-P” in front of them carried a level of rigor that underachievers shied away from. As a student who foolishly avoided valuable courses like the plague (i.e. math and science), I decided to hedge […]

Ain’t schools grand in Oklahoma!

Now I understand all the protests over Oklahoma’s school grading system. It is very misleading, although not for the reasons cited by the school superintendents. The state awarded 160 schools an A and only 9 got an F? This is more than a 10-1 ratio of excellence to failure. More than 90 percent of schools […]