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#AskExcelinEd: What we are looking forward to in 2018.

• Patricia Levesque


Across the nation, education reform remains a top priority for those working year in and year out on behalf of students—whether in state capitols, classrooms, board rooms or living rooms.

In 2018, ExcelinEd will continue to support state leaders who are on the front lines of reform by leading, supporting and partnering to achieve our shared goal: Transforming education to unlock lifelong opportunity and success for each and every child.

Opportunities abound in the months ahead. We’re excited to see states revisiting their career and technical education programs so students leave high school with college credits and/or industry certifications—a sure boost to future success.

We’re also supporting the ongoing demand for educational options. Parents want educational choices that best fit their children’s needs, and states are actively responding with scholarship programs, vouchers, charter schools, online learning and other options. Just last year, 1.3 million students became newly eligible for choice programs. Let’s aim to build upon that in 2018!

In every state, ESSA brings new protocols for school accountability. ExcelinEd will be supporting state leaders implementing their individual accountability programs, especially to take advantage of new innovations and opportunities.

Last but not least, innovation and new models of learning are essential to successful transformation. ExcelinEd is proud to support leaders in ten states who want to scale personalized learning models of education through a Network of State Innovation Partners. Additionally, innovative funding models and integration of technology into education are high on our list of 2018 priorities.

ExcelinEd brings deep policy expertise, implementation experience and long-term support to state leaders who envision education excellence for their students. 2018 promises to be an exciting year. I hope you’ll join us as we get to work!

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