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Perkins V Reauthorization: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

Today, ExcelinEd released a new brief Perkins V Reauthorization: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks for States. ExcelinEd’s Director of Innovation Policy, Melissa Canney, introduces us to the eight shifts Perkins V makes that present critical decision points for states pursuing high-quality CTE programs.  This summer, we witnessed a refreshing show of bipartisan action resulting in the “Strengthening Career […]

Do Well in School, Do Well in Life, Right? Unfortunately, No.

Just before my senior year of high school, my family moved across the country. I went from one of the top public schools in California to an average public school in Maryland. I enjoyed my new school, but the difference in rigor was immediately evident. Earning an ‘A’ at my old school took twice the effort, and my Advanced Placement classes were the only ones I found challenging. In some cases, I had already learned the curriculum being taught in 12th grade back when I was a sophomore.   […]

Check out the Opportunity Learning Hub!

Online learning isn’t just for students. With a YouTube link, you can take free guitar lessons, learn to bake, understand your taxes or figure out why your car is making noise. Why not free, open-source learning for people interested in education choice? Of course! 3-minute Informational Videos for Education Advocates Enter the Opportunity Learning Hub […]

#AskExcelinEd: Sessions on School Turnaround & Social Emotional Learning at #EIE18

How are states addressing school turnaround? What are some ways to integrate social emotional learning into K-12 education? Find out at #EIE18!

Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning: Maximizing Assessment Flexibility Part 2

While working with states to implement innovative student-centered learning policies and programs, ExcelinEd has identified policies and practices that hinder new student-centered learning models. Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning: Policy Solutions for States is a policy brief series dedicated to addressing these challenges. This is the third brief in the series. The Challenge of Evolving Assessments […]

In defense of the Alabama Accountability Act

This Op-Ed was originally published in The Anniston Star on September 23, 2018. The Star’s Sept. 13 editorial (“Average results again about Alabama education”) portrayed the Alabama Accountability Act as “middling legislation that’s produced tepid results” based on a University of Alabama report. But that drive-by analysis is akin to criticizing an apple pie that’s […]

Goodbye, “FloriDuh.” Hello “FloriDoes.” Florida Graduates are Winning at Life

Floridians can laugh at themselves. We all chuckle at the #FloridaMan tweets, weird wildlife adventures and “FloriDuh” stories. But let’s take a look at something “FloriDoes” right.   FloriDoes Prepare Students for Life After High School According to data provided by the Florida Department of Education, nearly 75 percent of all Florida high school graduates in 2016-17 pursued an accelerated […]

#AskExcelinEd: Don’t Miss These #EIE18 Strategy Sessions!

Today, Melissa Canney, ExcelinEd’s Director of Innovation Policy, highlights strategy sessions on developing high-quality CTE programs and the science of early literacy. Enjoy!

#AskExcelinEd: What Are CTE Program Quality Indicators?

Last week, we discussed the three main phases CTE program audit should encompass. These phases include: planning and prep, implementation and analysis. All three phases are vital to the overall outcome of an audit, but perhaps the most important is the first: planning and prep. This phase ensures the state is on the right path toward meaningful results and actions. It establishes the rationale, priorities and program quality indicators that will serve as the audit’s “North Star.”

For Policymakers, the Future of Work is Now

State policy can be a powerful driver and support for local innovation in education. This is one of the core principles of ExcelinEd’s work and partnership with states over the last decade. It’s also a major theme of XQ Institute’s new report High School & the Future of Work, which calls on policymakers to help […]