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#ProficiencyMatters: This Impacts Every Child

• Patricia Levesque

Proficiency matters. When states set low expectations for proficiency, they lead parents and teachers to believe students are performing better than they actually are. The results of this are disastrous for students.

Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is introducing, a research-based tool to help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.

We have the opportunity to close the proficiency gap. States across the nation are in the process of reviewing proficiency cut scores on their annual student assessments. Raising expectations will result in long-term improvement, but it will cause a temporary drop in student scores. Parents and education stakeholders need to be prepared for this change. presents the facts, data and analyses on proficiency expectations in all 50 states, informing and engaging parents and stakeholders on the importance of high proficiency expectations. This interactive site empowers parents to explore the gap created by the difference between their state and the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) proficiency expectation.

Help us get the word out by sharing this email with your network and joining the conversation on social media with #ProficiencyMatters.

Thank you for your continued work to give all students access to a high-quality education.


About the author

Patricia Levesque @levesquepat

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at