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What do Americans expect from K-12 public education when it comes to preparing students for life after school? 

Perhaps you’ve seen the recently released RealClear Opinion Research poll or one of the attention-grabbing headlines or social media posts claiming workforce preparation is far more important than college preparation in our K-12 schools. Not surprisingly, these catchy headlines and posts don’t paint an accurate picture – and there’s actually a much different story to be told.

Honor Noah Webster’s Birthday by Celebrating Vocabulary and Learning on National Dictionary Day.

To honor pioneering lexicographer Noah Webster, National Dictionary Day is celebrated on October 16, the date of his birth in 1758. National Dictionary Day emphasizes the importance of learning, using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. For those of us committed to high-quality education, that’s a good reason to celebrate!  Vocabulary is so important to language development and […]

#FactFriday: San Diego has 70 miles of coastline to enjoy year round.

  November is still beach weather in San Diego – thanks to year-round 70-degree temperatures – and a perfect time to enjoy the city’s famed 70 miles of coastline. Still planning your trip to the National Summit? When you’re done selecting the sessions you would like to attend, check out ExcelinEd’s recommendations of what to eat, see and do while you’re there!   Register Now […]

Three Studies, One Powerful Argument for Charter School Expansion

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has published three studies in the last year concerning charter schools that, when taken together, make a powerful argument for encouraging the creation of new charter schools. Here are brief summaries of the studies: Charter schools are good for students who attend them and for their peers who attend the […]

#EIE19: Celebrated Author Dr. Jonathan Haidt to Speak to the Coddling of the American Mind

  Today’s students are growing up in an ever-increasing polarizing climate, and many are ill-equipped to have classroom discussions about differing ideas and to resolve interpersonal conflict. This November, I hope you’ll join us at the 12th annual National Summit on Education Reform to hear from Dr. Jonathan Haidt, author of the bestselling The Coddling […]

#AskExcelinEd: What education to workforce conversations are happening at #EIE19?

  Welcome to our #AskExcelinEd series on the National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE19)! Follow along for sneak peeks at the can’t-miss conversations we have planned for #EIE19 taking place in San Diego, CA November 20-21. Today, Melissa Canney, ExcelinEd’s Director of Innovation Policy, highlights three strategy sessions on a variety of education to workforce topics, as well as […]

Happy 50th NAEP-iversary – You’ve come a long way, baby!

“In the early 1960s Francis Keppel, then U.S. Commissioner of Education, recognized the need for a nation assessment that would provide technically sound and valid data regarding pupils’ knowledge, skills, and abilities… For nearly 100 years reports issued by previous commissioners dealt primarily with summary descriptive statistics of ‘input’ variables in the education system, such […]

#FactFriday: Blaine Amendments are found in 37 state constitutions

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear a case in 2020 that is encouraging for school choice advocates. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is one in a series of cases questioning the constitutionality of state Blaine amendments. These provisions, found in 37 state constitutions, prevent the flow of public money to religious institutions. While Blaine amendments haven’t halted […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are Blaine amendments?

  The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear a case in 2020 that is encouraging for school choice advocates. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is one in a series of cases questioning the constitutionality of state Blaine amendments. These provisions, found in 37 state constitutions, prevent the flow of public money to religious […]

#FactFriday: AP Computer Science participation on the rise – including for female and minority students

Code.org recently released the 2019 State of Computer Science Education report, and the latest findings are very encouraging. Not only are the number of high schools teaching AP computer science and the number of students taking the exams increasing – but more of those are female and minority students. This means a more diverse group of students are learning the skills […]