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Enroll Now: Learn How to Use PISA to Improve Education

ExcelinEd is pleased to announce that enrollment is open for our newest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, How Do We Stack Up? Using OECD’s PISA to Drive Progress in U.S. Education. The course is a combined cohort and self-paced model, starting on May 23. It offers seven weekly webinars for participants to connect with education leaders across the […]

Tennessee Expands Access to Online Learning

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 1879, a new law that boosts online learning options for students throughout the Volunteer State. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the new law allows Tennessee public school students to take a range of courses offered by other public schools across the state. Sponsored by […]

Idaho Releases Mastery Education Pilot Participants

April 22, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Idaho Department of Education announced the first group of schools that will participate in the newly created Idaho Mastery Education Network (IMEN). The Idaho Department of Education selected 19 regionally diverse schools, who are developing unique approaches to mastery education, to participate in the pilot program.   “Idaho is on the cutting […]

Making the grade in Texas

Dear friend, Today, I presented ExcelinEd’s model A-F School Grading policy to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. The Commission was created in 2015 to develop and make recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability for the Lone Star State. All states are required to have a school […]

Mississippi Expands Access to Public Charter Schools

Last week, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB 2161 to expand the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013 and give more students the ability to attend a charter school. Expanding access to public charter schools can bring life-changing opportunities for Mississippi’s students. ExcelinEd believes all parents deserve the freedom and flexibility to choose the right school or […]


April 6, 2016 Raleigh, NC. – Today, at an event hosted by the Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), Dr. Matthew Ladner of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released original research on the demographic challenges facing North Carolina’s education budget, entitled Record Breaking Heatwave: Baby Boomer Retirement, Student Enrollment Growth and the Future […]

What Competency-Based Education Looks Like

Competency-based education is a system of instruction where students advance to higher levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills. In this setting, learning doesn’t rely on time, place or pace. Students are challenged and ultimately graduate ready to choose college or career. This new system is comprehensive and can include and […]

ExcelinEd Praises Merger of 50CAN and StudentsFirst

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Yesterday, national education reform organizations 50CAN and StudentsFirst announced their merger, strengthening local networks in communities across the country working to improve the quality of education for every student. Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education released the following statement. “50CAN and StudentsFirst have been active, impactful partners in […]

Utah Governor Signs Competency-Based Education Grants Program into Law

March 29, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 143 into law, which establishes the Competency-Based Education Grants Program.  Under this law, schools may apply for grants to pilot a competency-based education program where students advance to higher levels of learning when mastery is demonstrated regardless of time, place or pace. “Utah […]

How to Recruit High-Performing Charter Management Organizations – Just Released!

Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Ampersand Education released a new report that explains how to attract high-performing Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) to states and cities. The paper, How to Recruit High-Performing Charter Management Organizations to a New Region: Results from the 2015 CMO Survey, […]