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#AskExcelinEd: My Summer Reads and Research

• Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D.


During our #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning series, you’ll get to know some of ExcelinEd’s team as they share what they are learning over the summer. Remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

ExcelinEd.Headshot.ChristyHovanetz.webMeet Christy Hovanetz

Senior Policy Fellow, Accountability

At ExcelinEd, we believe each student deserves the chance to graduate from high school ready for college and career. State accountability systems are essential to ensuring this happens, and this is why I work each day to support states as they develop and implement accountability systems that prioritize learning and achievement for all students.

I Prefer…

Print Book over E-Book

Phone Call over Text

Coffee over Tea


My Favorite Quote

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”


 ExcelinEd Resource Highlight

ExcelinEd’s School Accountability page is full of resources and information. Check it out!

What I’m Reading

  • “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” – by Arthur C. Brooks. I recently read this book and am striving to use its principles in education to build a fairer, happier and more prosperous America.
  • “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy” – by Jonah Goldberg. This is next up on my nonfiction to-read list. From it, I’m hoping for more insight and understanding of the state of American democracy.
  • Fiction is far more fun. I have just finished Randy Wayne White’s Doc Fordseries, I am half way through the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and I’m anxious for the paperback version of Christopher Moore’s “Noir” to be released.

Research I’m Reading

I am currently reading the recently-released state ESSA plans from—you guessed it!—all 50 states and D.C. (I’ll be listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “Summertime” throughout this process.)

About the author

Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D.

Christy Hovanetz is a Senior Policy Fellow for ExcelinEd focusing on school accountability policies. Dr. Hovanetz served as the Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education and Assistant Deputy Commissioner at the Florida Department of Education. She has worked in education policy for the state of Florida since 1999 serving as the Director of Evaluation and Reporting, Director of Reading First and a Policy Analyst for Governor Jeb Bush. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a minor in mathematics and is a certified teacher in the state of Minnesota. She earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.