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#AskExcelinEd: What conversations am I looking forward to at #EIE19?

• Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D.

Welcome to our #AskExcelinEd series on the National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE19)! Follow along for sneak peeks at the can’t-miss conversations we have planned for #EIE19 taking place in San Diego, CA, November 20-21.

Today, Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D., ExcelinEd’s Senior Policy Fellow for Accountability, highlights two strategy sessions covering a “back to basics” approach to school accountability, as well as confronting the “opportunity myth.” Enjoy! 

My favorite two workdays of the year are spent at the ExcelinEd National Summit dishing policy gossip with longtime colleagues that have become friends and bringing new attendees into the fold. The exchange of ideas and contagious ambition of one-thousand policymakers working to improve education for all kids always carries me into the new year with aplomb.

#EIE19 Strategy Session


Accountability itself does not improve student outcomes, but the data it produces should inspire action that leads to rising student achievement. True accountability comes when parents, policymakers and the public can interpret and act upon the results. Learn why using a “back to basics” approach on school accountability ratings—which prioritize objective, measurable learning outcomes that are fair, accurate and comparable across all schools in the state—is key to unlocking growth.

#EIE19 Workshop


For years, we’ve been telling students that simply doing well in school will lead to future success. Unfortunately, that is a myth: the Opportunity Myth. Far too many students are graduating high school under- or unprepared for postsecondary success. Join TNTP CEO Dan Weisberg to learn about the Opportunity Myth and how we can unravel it and unlock every student’s potential.

Keep an eye on our #EIE19 Agenda in the coming weeks for complete details on panelists and sessions. See you in San Diego in November!

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.