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State Spotlight: The Road to Early Literacy Improvements in Mississippi

The phrase “Thank God for Mississippi” when discussing education is no longer applicable. The Magnolia State, which once kept other states from a last-in-line ranking, has now become a national leader in improving student learning outcomes. What has contributed to this dramatic turnaround? It’s been a commitment at every level – state, district, school and […]

#EIE19: Sessions on Educational Opportunities

  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, Cara Candal, ExcelinEd’s Director of Educational Opportunity, and Sam Duell, ExcelinEd’s Charter Schools Policy Director, highlight two strategy sessions covering how states have […]

It’s National Punctuation Day… – ?;’.(!)

Proper punctuation is a necessity. It helps the reader understand you and helps you to make your meaning clear. Punctuation tells the reader where to pause, breathe, raise her voice, change her voice, etc. These little marks are powerful and should not be ignored. Relying on punctuation, rather than ignoring it, improves reading fluency and […]

Connecting Districts with High-Quality School Turnaround Partners

Turning around a state’s lowest performing schools is a widely recognized challenge. Low-performing schools and districts can benefit from partnering with high-quality, external organizations that are experts in implementing and sustaining evidence-based turnaround strategies. However, these schools and districts typically have few opportunities to engage with educational experts and find the customized support needed for their specific challenges. This is where states can play a supportive role.   This brief outlines the key strategies states can use for connecting districts with high-quality school turnaround […]

ICYMI: States Can Foster Economic Opportunity by Promoting High-Value Credentials

This post was originally published by Education Next. Education Next Quentin Suffren is National Director of Policy for ExcelinEd & Kathleen Mathers is a principal at Education Strategy Group. A computer support specialist with a Cisco Certified Network Associate credential enjoys a median salary of $56,275, while a worker with a certification in food services typically earns a […]

#FactFriday: There are more than 215,000 unfilled IT support jobs in the U.S.

Did you know that demand for computer support specialists is projected to grow 11% from 2016–2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations? But only 45% of American high schools teach computer science? In honor of National IT Professionals Day earlier this week, ExcelinEd is highlighting the increased demand for information technology and computer science, as well […]

#AskExcelinEd: How has access to computer science education increased in the past year?

  Can you imagine a world without smart phones, smart TVs or the multitude of other automated systems that make products we use daily safer, cheaper and more enjoyable? I know a few who would gladly trade it all in. But for the rest of us, it is hard to fathom a world without the constant […]

Guest Blog: Navigating the Future of Learning

ExcelinEd is excited to share KnowledgeWorks’ recent forecast, Navigating the Future of Learning, and the following guest blog from their VP of Strategic Foresight, Katherine Prince. The report outlines the new societal paradigm schools and students face and presents a clear framework for policymakers, educators and other stakeholders to navigate. This work is important. Not only […]

Online Learning was a Game-Changer for Me

To celebrate National Online Learning Day, Innovation Associate Policy Director Erin Lockett, shares her story of how supplemental online learning helped her win a longtime academic battle with statistics.  

#FactFriday: Reading proficiency up 16 percentage points in the Magnolia State.

A student’s ability to read is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. In 2013, Mississippi enacted the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, ensuring a comprehensive approach to teaching all students to read starting as early as kindergarten. Since then, students across the state have made significant gains in reading outcomes. The Magnolia State is committed to raising expectations and engaging all stakeholders in literacy. Today, parents, educators, policy makers and community partners are […]