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#AskExcelinEd: How can early learning help states close the equity gap?

As we continue to explore how states are advancing educational equity that offers students quality learning opportunities, Policy Director of Early Literacy Cari Miller discusses the importance of high quality early learning programs and highlights four states who are leading the way. A new resource from CCSSO is now available to support equity improvements already underway […]

Bringing Passion and Focus to Education in America

“It doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you are going.”  –Dr. Condoleezza Rice in “American Creed”  Perhaps understandably, I thought a lot about education as I watched American Creed, Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s inspiring and uplifting new film. It’s told through the stories of Americans from all walks of life and discusses different views on […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states allocate resources to achieve fiscal equity?

As we continue to explore how states are advancing educational equity that offers students quality learning opportunities, this week, Policy Director of Education Funding Matthew Joseph discusses how states can implement student-centered funding, and highlights some promising practices from states across the country.  It’s a poorly kept secret that fiscal equity is elusive in K-12 public […]

Meaningful diplomas need external validation

This post was originally featured in The Thomas B. Fordham’s Flypaper blog on March 12, 2018.  

Graduation rates are not the real scandal. High school diplomas and how they are earned are.

This post was originally featured in The Thomas B. Fordham’s Flypaper blog on March 8, 2018.  

#AskExcelinEd: What are states doing to advance educational equity?

During this #AskExcelinEd series, we will be exploring how states are advancing educational equity to offer students quality learning opportunities. Associate Director of K-12 Reform Liya Amelga kicks off this series by providing a historical overview of educational equity.  A new report States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments released by the […]

Public Charter Schools are serving more students with disabilities than ever before

According to a just published report by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS), public charter schools are serving more students with disabilities than ever before. And while there’s still a gap between the percentage of students with disabilities enrolled in traditional public schools and public charter schools, that gap decreased by […]

Personalized Learning Policy Director Karla Phillips Featured in Education Week

This commentary, “What Should Betsy DeVos Prioritize?” was first published in Education Week on February 28, 2018. Now just over a year in office, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continues to be a lightning rod in the field of American education. The debate over her K-12 philosophy and policy ideas remains vigorous in many […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state and local education agencies support educators in improving CTE instruction?

As we’ve noted before, strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) requires a number of steps, including program alignment with state and regional demand; sequenced and progressive coursework; academic and technical student experiences that result in employable skills; and high-quality course standards. What is missing from this list? Educators. As a robust state CTE program grows, […]

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 […]