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Three, Two, One…Vote! (For the My School Information Design Challenge)

• Patricia Levesque

Yesterday, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) opened public voting for parents, policymakers and other stakeholders to cast their vote in the My School Information Design Challenge (#SchoolInfo). ExcelinEd launched this challenge to help states reimagine their school report cards. With a total prize purse of up to $35,000, designers were asked to transform the report card into a user-friendly, 21st-century tool.MySchoolChallengeGraphics - Pick Your Favorite

Public voting will identify prize winners in the following categories:

  • Best summary
  • Best comparison
  • Best user experience
  • Best trend data

The winner of each of these categories will receive $2,000.

It is important to have the public weigh in on our submissions because, ultimately, report cards must serve the needs of parents, policy makers and all stakeholders. The winners chosen through public voting will help state departments of education present complex student and school data in a user-friendly, actionable and accessible format.

The overall Challenge winner and runner up are currently being selected by a diverse panel of judges representing parents, designers and educators. This panel includes designer Genevieve Gorder; recent Broad Prize winner Orange County superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins; Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers; and designer Duncan Swain. The winners selected, by the judges and by the public vote, will be announced in early December.

Vote today until December 2 by visiting

For more information about the Challenge, read this brief or visit

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