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Studies Find Boost to College Enrollment, Taxpayers Savings for Prominent School Choice Programs

What impact do voucher programs have on the long-term success of students? For decades, studies of the effect of voucher programs relied on near-term data, such as student test scores. As voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs mature in age, so too are the ways researchers are evaluating them. Two new studies released by the Urban […]

Why Digital Skills Matter for All Students

Today is Digital Learning Day (#DLDay). Started in 2012, #DLDay highlights the value of, and need for, digital learning opportunities in classrooms to strengthen student learning experiences. Although the focus of this recognition is generally around using digital learning to enhance and expand traditional skill sets students need to succeed in life, I’d like to […]

#AskExcelinEd: What challenges do states face in aligning CTE program offerings to business and industry needs?

A high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) program reflects the needs of business and industry and ensures students are well prepared to meet those needs. Too often, this statement is still the exception – and not the rule. Let’s take a closer look at the top three challenges states face in strengthening their CTE programs. […]

#AskExcelinEd: What steps can states take to ensure their CTE courses are high quality?

For our next #CTEMonth installment, Danielle Mezera, coauthor of Putting CTE to Work for Students, explains high-quality course standards and why they are essential in a successful CTE program. Strengthening state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs does not have to involve major legislative changes or depend on federal action, such as reauthorization of the […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why do industry certifications matter?

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. Today, we’ll tackle the question of why industry certifications matter for secondary students. The benefits are undeniable! Consider each of these advantages: Foundational Skills The process of earning an industry certification allows students to experience the real-world demands of work in a practical way. Acquiring an industry […]

529 College Savings Plans Can Now Be Used for K-12 Expenses: How Are States Responding?

The federal government has expanded 529 college savings plans to include qualified expenses for elementary and secondary education (public, private or religious). In doing so, educational opportunity has increased for families across the country. Now, in addition to using account funds for college expenses, a family can choose to use up to $10,000 annually toward […]

The Real Stories of Education Reform

I love a good stat. Just last year, more than 36,000 students accessed Choice programs for the first time. 4th graders in states with strong accountability programs outpaced 4th graders in other states in both reading and math. 46 percent of employers nationwide report difficulty in filling open positions across a range of career sectors. 9 […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why is #CTEMonth important?

February is Career and Technical Education Month (#CTEMonth) and for the next few weeks we will be exploring some of the pressing issues facing state and local CTE programs. Today, Innovation Policy Managing Director Quentin Suffren previews what to expect from this series and provides background on CTE. Here at ExcelinEd, we talk a lot […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why is School Choice Good for Teachers?

In our final #AskExcelinEd celebrating National School Choice Week, Policy Analyst for Education Opportunity Tori Bell discusses how in an education market that offers robust choice and varied school options, teachers can better develop, own and pursue their preferred pedagogies. During National School Choice Week, communities across the nation are celebrating and advocating for educational […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are 5 key considerations for creating or developing tax-credit scholarship programs?

As we continue to celebrate National School Choice Week, Associate Policy Director of Education Choice James Paul helps us better understand one of the fastest growing areas of choice – tax-credit scholarship programs. A proper celebration of National School Choice Week must include the life-changing opportunities that tax-credit scholarship programs are offering to hundreds of […]

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