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Georgia Governor Stands Up for Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed SB 355, which would have created a formal, statewide mechanism for students to opt out of annual state assessments. Testing shows whether individual students are on track to succeed, and how successful schools are in preparing students for the future. History shows that without giving teachers and schools this feedback on how students are doing, far too many students […]

State Actions Update: April 2016

COLORADO Earlier this month, a bipartisan vote by the Colorado Senate Education Committee passed legislation to require school districts to share local funding with public charter schools. The bill would also provide public charter schools with access to unused school facilities. The Colorado Senate is now considering this legislation. On April 18, the Colorado House of Representatives […]

ExcelinEd and America Achieves Course Unlocks PISA Data for Districts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today opened enrollment for its latest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, How Do We Stack Up? Using OECD’s PISA to Drive Progress in U.S. Education. The course begins May 23 and has seven modules, which explore how pioneering education leaders can use PISA as a tool to improve teaching and learning for […]

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 […]