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#AskExcelinEd: Why is the business community so important to improving student pathways?

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure and opportunity to engage on the issue of career and technical education (CTE) with a range of business groups, including regional and local chamber officials. At every occasion, I was impressed by participants’ desire and commitment to partner with their local schools and postsecondary institutions to […]

Jeb Bush: Join me and get inspired at #EIE19!

Complacency is the exact opposite of what turning reform into reality is all about.Those who are comfortable with education’s status quo, happy to stick with traditional approaches and content to ride the wave of mediocrity—well, they clearly do not understand the urgency of this work. Today’s students need transformative change. They need schools that are academically accountable—and meaningful […]

Building Credential Currency to Ensure Credentials Matter

Over the past two months, ExcelinEd released Credentials Matter, a suite of resources designed to shed light on the landscape of industry credential data collection and alignment across the country. The project’s second report, Where Credentials Meet the Market, finds that earning a credential is associated with positive long-term outcomes related to high school completion, community college […]

Developing Computer Science Teaching Skills with Micro-credentials

As a recent report from the IT + CS Business Advisory Council reveals, America faces a growing demand for workers with IT and computer science skills. Unfortunately, this demand far exceeds the supply of such skilled workers. And the shortage of skilled workers begins long before individuals enter the workforce. The shortage begins in K-12. […]

#FactFriday: Celebrate National Summer Learning Week!

We’re celebrating National Summer Learning Week! Check out the tweets below to learn how you can combat summer learning loss and improve learning opportunities for the children in your life.

#AskExcelinEd: What does it look like when a state takes assessment literacy seriously?

Assessment literacy is essential to make important decisions about students, educators, schools and state and local policy based on student data. However, too few educators, policymakers, students and families understand the important role of assessment in helping all students achieve at high levels or understand the fundamental purposes and procedures of educational testing. Michigan Takes Assessment […]

Highlights from the IT + CS Conversation on K-12 Education

Last month, ExcelinEd and’s IT + CS Business Advisory Council released Addressing America’s Growing Demand for IT and CS: The Case for Change in K–12 Education. The new report identifies what businesses, education leaders and policymakers can do to address our nation’s information technology (IT) and computer science (CS) skills gap. Here are some highlights from […]

#FactFriday: Independence Day Edition

We’re still celebrating Independence Day at ExcelinEd! Learn how we are working to transform education to unlock lifelong opportunity for every child and restore the American Dream at What Others Are Saying 10 fascinating facts about the Declaration of Independence — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 4, 2019   Happy Second of July! The fireworks would […]

ICYMI: Patricia Levesque – “Just half of states collect the data to know how aligned their credentials programs are with employer demand.”

Do the Industry Credentials Students Earn Truly Prepare Them for Success? Most States Don’t Have the Data to Tell The 74 By: Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd & Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies “Career readiness” has become the policymakers’ buzzword of the 21st century. States offer a wide range of career and technical education programs and credentials intended […]

State Actions Update – June 2019

Colorado High school students will have greater concurrent and dual enrollment opportunities now that Gov. Jared Polis has signed SB19-176into law. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Paul Lundeen and Sen. Jeff Bridges, passed unanimously out of both legislative chambers in the final days of the 2019 regular session. Connecticut Both chambers of the Connecticut General […]