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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The best gifts are the gifts that we continue to use for years to come. Ohio high school students received one of those perfect gifts in the form of a $34 million legislative allocation over the next two years to increase the number of students earning in-demand, industry-recognized credentials through the state’s new Innovative Workforce […]

I am dreaming…of Summer Learning!

Winter makes its appearance this Saturday, and I am already dreaming of the longer and warmer days of summer that lie ahead. As we all take a break over the next few weeks, I wanted to leave 2019 with some parting thoughts on how states can fix a hidden opportunity gap—summertime learning accounts for low-income […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states evaluate next generation learning programs?

Next generation learning programs need strong evaluation plans from their states to succeed. These plans include strategies to effectively use data, create a process for continuous improvement and identify ways to effectively communicate the impact of these initiatives to external stakeholders. Yet state education agencies (SEAs) often do not have the capacity or tools to […]

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Thank you for believing in a quality education for all children!

#FactFriday: It’s Computer Science Education Week!

We’re celebrating Computer Science Education Week! Computer science education offers students countless opportunities. Yet not everyone has the chance to access this critical subject. Learn how your state can expand access to high-quality computer science education to unlock lifelong opportunities for students at and Advocacy/ Learn why Hadi Partovi, CEO of, believes every student must have access […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states improve computer science education?

It is Computer Science Education Week, and there is plenty to celebrate. Computer science education offers students countless opportunities. Opportunities to create, problem solve and better understand the world. With these skills, students can innovate and make an impact in careers across all sectors, including some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying careers in the world. Yet not […]

#FactFriday: All 50 States Offer Schools Flexibility from Seat-Time Requirements

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. New research by ExcelinEd examining seat-time requirements for awarding credit and graduation reveals that all […]

#AskExcelinEd About Education-to-Workforce Pathways!

How Can States Create Education-to-Workforce Pathways for Students? All students deserve the opportunity to complete their K-12 education ready to thrive. States can readily build education-to-workforce pathways to make that happen.

Celebrating National Special Education Day

Over 6.6 million students receive special education from public schools across America. For most of these students, the school they are assigned to works great. But what if they need another option, or more intensive services than those offered by their assigned school? Enter education choice.  As we celebrate National Special Education Day, learn more […]

#AskExcelinEd: What am I thankful for?

  Gratitude is at the heart of our nation’s Thanksgiving Day celebration this week. Each and every day, I’m grateful for the blessings in my life and the joy of family and friends.  My gratitude extends to you and the work you are doing to improve the lives of families by transforming the quality of education for their children. From policymakers to education leaders to advocates, you are working on policy solutions that will have lasting impacts […]