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Idaho Bolsters Mastery-Based Education

Last month, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed into law SB 1059 to bolster mastery education and formalize the Idaho Mastery Education Network. This is great news for Idaho and the nation. Mastery-based education is an approach to learning that allows students to progress when they demonstrate mastery of key content and skills, regardless of the […]

Many Happy Returns

This week, the University of Arkansas published an exciting new study called, “A Good Investment: The updated productivity of public charter schools in eight U.S. cities.” This new research suggests that public education is in fact, a great investment. Even better, the news for these eight cities with large numbers of charter schools is stellar. […]

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Promote Next Generation Learning?

  ExcelinEd’s strategy to advance mastery-based, personalized learning expanded in 2018 to encompass a broader range of innovative models and strategies comprehensively described as next generation learning. What Is Next Generation Learning?  Next generation learning reimagines learning for the 21st century by providing innovative educators flexibility and support to meet the needs of all students. States […]

#FactFriday: Only 23% of charter schools own their facilities

  For a small cost, states can save public charter schools billions of dollars and enable these schools to build long-term roots in their communities. Read more on our blog. What Others Are Saying Charter Financing Bill Sailing Through Idaho Legislature https://t.co/yprJCNpmZN via @KevinRichert #EdPolicy #CharterSchools — Choice Media (@ChoiceMediatv) March 26, 2019   With smart […]

State Funding Needs To Follow South Carolina Students To School

This piece was originally published on March 21, 2019 from Palmetto Promise.   When students go to school, they carry what’s necessary in their backpacks. But in South Carolina, too much of one important item doesn’t travel with students headed to a new school: education funding dollars. A new report from the Palmetto Promise Institute […]

#AskExcelinEd: All About the School Accountability Audience: Who uses accountability data? Why? How?

  Everyone benefits when there is a simple and clear process to measure how well a school is performing. Balancing the needs of each unique audience, however, can be a challenge. Well-designed, state-level school accountability systems address a history of inequity while incentivizing schools to ensure all students graduate prepared to succeed. But state-level school […]

#FactFriday: Computer Science Jobs Are #1 Source of New Wages

Learn More About College & Career Pathways College & Career Pathway policies can allow students to earn authenticated skill sets informed by labor market demand and ensure more rigorous courses are available and incentivized for all students. Learn more about effective College & Career Pathways policies at ExcelinEd.org. What Others Are Saying #The biggest shortage in #computerscience is effective trained […]

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, celebrated on March 21, encourages people all over the world to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. For many parents, their child’s diagnosis of Down syndrome is […]

Addressing Charter School Facility Needs: Actions for States

For a small cost, states can save public charter schools billions of dollars and enable these schools to build long-term roots in their communities. A new policy brief by ExcelinEd, Addressing Charter School Facility Needs: Actions for States, identifies actions state policymakers can take to accomplish this. Facilities Present an Enormous Challenge for Charter Schools […]

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Fix America’s Reading Problem?

Last week, we answered the question Why Can’t Millions of Kids Read? and reviewed scientifically-based reading instruction. In this post, we’ll examine how two states, Florida and Mississippi, are working to fix America’s reading problem. Florida’s Story To begin, let’s look at Florida’s example. In 2000, the U.S. Congress’s National Reading Panel report was released. The report concluded that […]