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Should Attendance, Discipline & School Safety Influence School Report Cards?

We all can agree that improving student attendance is a desired goal. Ensuring a safe school environment is another one. And so, wouldn’t it make sense to include such data in a state accountability formula? Allow me to make the case for why it does not.

A Vision for the Future of K-3 Reading Policy: Personalized Learning for Mastery

  Envision a future where students’ unique strengths and interests are both respected and harnessed—where each child reaches his or her greatest potential. The education systems that will achieve this are characterized by individualized pathways, timely support, flexible pacing and data-based decision making. This is why ExcelinEd advocates for policies that incentivize and enable educators […]

Competency-Based Education: A National Landscape

Earlier this month, ExcelinEd and EducationCounsel released a new report, Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A National Landscape, which offers a survey of current state laws and policies on competency-based education in K-12 systems.

Developing Honest, Transparent and Effective Accountability Systems

How do you define a successful school? One obvious answer is the percentage of students achieving proficiency in core subjects. If that percentage is high, then obviously, the school has most its students on track not only for graduation, but for life after graduation. And so, it seems we could deem it a success.

Balancing Proficiency and Growth in School Accountability

How do you define a successful school? One obvious answer is the percentage of students achieving proficiency in core subjects. If that percentage is high, then obviously, the school has most its students on track not only for graduation, but for life after graduation. And so, it seems we could deem it a success.

Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states

  This is the final post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the first post, Charter Schools: Good News for Students, and the second post, Charter Schools: Still Growing! The US Department of Education (USED) is currently accepting grant applications from states to increase the number and quality of charter schools across […]

Charter Schools: Still Growing!

This is the second post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the first post, Charter Schools: Good News for Students, and the third post, Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states. Today, about 3 million students across 43 states attend almost 7,000 charter schools. That is nearly ten times more students […]

Charter Schools: Good News for Students

This is the first post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the second post, Charter Schools: Still Growing!, and the third post, Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states. Look at Florida. The Florida Department of Education published a performance study in March of this year, and the news is good […]

Focus School Accountability on Results

To maximize its effectiveness, an accountability formula needs to follow some basic principles. Chief among them is this: Focus on results, not on how they are achieved.

School Accountability Under ESSA

We’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly, the unintended consequences and the double-edged sword of tough-love state accountability systems. Over the next few weeks, we will share some lessons that may help as states develop and finalize their accountability calculations.