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New Resource for Strengthening Career and Technical Education

• Patricia Levesque

How Can Your State Strengthen Career and Technical Education? Today, we’re releasing ExcelinEd’s fifth and final career and technical education (CTE) playbook, Aligning State Career and Technical Education Programs with Industry Needs and Priorities. In this post, ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque shares highlights from each of the five playbooks. Enjoy! Why Is Career and Technical Education […]

5 Steps to Maximize Career and Technical Education Funding

• Matthew Joseph

What are 5 steps to maximize the impact of CTE Funding? Last week, we released our new career and technical education (CTE) playbook, Funding for Value: Maximizing the Impact of CTE Funding. In today’s post, playbook co-author Matthew Joseph explores the five steps states can take to maximize the impact of CTE funding. Enjoy! Each state […]

New Career and Technical Education Playbook: Funding for Value

• Melissa Canney

How can states fund CTE programs to maximize impact? Happy Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month! ExcelinEd is excited to share our new CTE playbook, Funding for Value: Maximizing the Impact of Career and Technical Education Funding. In today’s post, playbook co-author Melissa Canney takes a look at how states can states fund CTE programs for value. […]

Why does reading matter for children?

• Cari Miller

  In today’s #AskExcelinEd, we’re sharing a touching new video and some great resources on our comprehensive reading intervention policy. I hope these inspire and equip you to prioritize early literacy for children in your state! Today’s Readers. Tomorrow’s Leaders. Hear why these policymakers and education advocates prioritize reading with their families.

#AskExcelinEd: Is school choice worth the struggle?

• Sam Duell

In today’s #AskExcelinEd, our Associate Policy Director of Charter Schools Sam Duell takes a timely look at the struggle for school choice. School Choice Is a Struggle Many of the best things in life come after intense struggle. Think children after birth, endorphins after marathons, civil rights after protest and freedom after revolution. The struggle […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does National School Choice Week mean to you?

• Patricia Levesque

In a word, opportunity. That’s what I envision whenever I think about school choice for students: opportunity to learn, to be in an environment that fits, to get a quality education and become their best selves. During National School Choice Week, I also reflect on all the families I’ve met over the years who benefitted […]

What were the key moments at #EIE18?

• ExcelinEd

Last month, ExcelinEd hosted a thousand education reformers at the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18). From inspiring keynotes speakers to a trending social media hashtag, #EIE18 was packed with incredible moments! Keynote & General Session Highlights One-Minute Highlight Videos Check out the one-minute highlight videos from our inspiring keynote and strategy session speakers! Message from Governor Jeb Bush […]

75 Resources to Help You Transform Education in 2019

• Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

As we launch into 2019, take a look at these 75 resources on quality, opportunity and innovation ExcelinEd published in 2018. Use, bookmark and share these resources to transform education for children in your state, and look forward to more great resources this year! Quality Early Literacy Policy Summary Fundamental Principles Model Policy Fundamental Principles State Analysis […]

ExcelinEd’s Top 7 Blog Posts of 2018

• Jennifer Diaz

Did you know that ExcelinEd provides frequent and timely information on public and private school choice, college and career pathways, next-generation learning, school accountability, early literacy, student-centered funding, state and national programs and more? ExcelinEd’s blog is THE place to go for all this great content! Plus, our weekly #AskExcelinEd blog series takes a deep dive on […]

5 Policy Briefs for States Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning

• Karla Phillips

ExcelinEd’s new policy brief series includes concrete steps for states to begin the transition to student-centered learning. The five-part series, Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning: Policy Solutions for States, identifies issues and offers solutions for states making the change to student-centered learning. View the five briefs below!

#AskExcelinEd: How can states create CTE programs for 21st-century career pathways?

• Melissa Canney

#AskExcelinEd: How can states create CTE programs for 21st-century career pathways? High-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can prepare students and states for success in a changing economy. Check out our new #EIE18 video and recent resources below to learn how your state can offer students access to rigorous 21st-century career pathways that prepare them […]

#AskExcelinEd: What’s Happening at #EIE18?

• Clare Crowson

  Today we kick off the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18) in Washington, D.C. This year’s exceptional lineup of keynote and general session speakers will inspire and empower listeners to build a brighter future for our nation’s families. If you can’t join us at #EIE18 in person, here are some links and tips to help […]

#AskExcelinEd About Course Access Opportunity Incentives!

• Erin Lockett

ExcelinEd’s new resource shares how can states ensure all students have access to the courses they need to succeed.

#AskExcelinEd: How can states invest more in innovation through Perkins Reserve funds?

• Melissa Canney

Perkins V requires that Perkins Reserve funds must be used to foster innovation in CTE and promote programs aligned with high-skill, high-wage or in-demand occupations or industries.

#AskExcelinEd: How can states address the challenges of school turnaround?

• Claire Voorhees

ExcelinEd presents a new brief, School Interventions Under ESSA: Harnessing High-Performing Charter Operators, to provide information on leveraging federal funds and promoting rigorous, evidence-based turnaround strategies for states.

#AskExcelinEd: What does Perkins V mean for CTE accountability?

• Melissa Canney

The Perkins V accountability system evaluates the extent to which a state’s CTE concentrators meet state-determined levels of performance across several secondary and postsecondary indicators of performance.

#AskExcelinEd: What does Perkins V’s new Local Comprehensive Needs Assessment requirement mean for states?

• Melissa Canney

Perkins V contains a new requirement within the local recipient application for funds. This requirement—the Local Comprehensive Needs Assessment—must be included in each local application and updated at least every two years.

#AskExcelinEd: How does Perkins V emphasize early college opportunities?

• Melissa Canney

Nearly every aspect of Perkins V encourages early college opportunities. What opportunities and challenges does this present for states?

#AskExcelinEd: 12 Can’t-Miss Conversations at #EIE18

• Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Exceptional keynote speakers and in-depth strategy sessions will inspire and empower you to build a brighter future for our nation’s families!

Perkins V Reauthorization: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

• Melissa Canney

Today, ExcelinEd released a new brief Perkins V Reauthorization: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks for States. ExcelinEd’s Director of Innovation Policy, Melissa Canney, introduces us to the eight shifts Perkins V makes that present critical decision points for states pursuing high-quality CTE programs.  This summer, we witnessed a refreshing show of bipartisan action resulting in the “Strengthening Career […]

#AskExcelinEd: Sessions on School Turnaround & Social Emotional Learning at #EIE18

• Liya Amelga

How are states addressing school turnaround? What are some ways to integrate social emotional learning into K-12 education? Find out at #EIE18!

#AskExcelinEd: Don’t Miss These #EIE18 Strategy Sessions!

• Melissa Canney

Today, Melissa Canney, ExcelinEd’s Director of Innovation Policy, highlights strategy sessions on developing high-quality CTE programs and the science of early literacy. Enjoy!

#AskExcelinEd: What Are CTE Program Quality Indicators?

• Danielle Mezera

Last week, we discussed the three main phases CTE program audit should encompass. These phases include: planning and prep, implementation and analysis. All three phases are vital to the overall outcome of an audit, but perhaps the most important is the first: planning and prep. This phase ensures the state is on the right path toward meaningful results and actions. It establishes the rationale, priorities and program quality indicators that will serve as the audit’s “North Star.”

#AskExcelinEd: A Sneak Peek at #EIE18 Strategy Sessions

• James Paul

  Welcome to our new #AskExcelinEd series on the National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18)! Follow along for sneak peeks at the can’t-miss conversations we have planned for #EIE18 taking place in Washington, D.C., on December 5-7. Today, James Paul, ExcelinEd’s Associate Policy Director for Education Choice, kicks off the series by highlighting strategy sessions on open enrollment […]

#AskExcelinEd: What Are the 3 phases of a CTE Program Audit?

• Quentin Suffren

We’ve recently released the third publication in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Playbook Series. This new playbook guides state policymakers through a three-phase audit process to address such core questions and assess CTE program quality, alignment and overall effectiveness.

That’s a Wrap! Our Final #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series Post

• Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

I grew up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. My parents did their best to support us financially, but at the end of the day, they left it up to my siblings and me to figure out our own pathways to success.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I Need Crisp Fall Air and #EIE18

• Claire Voorhees

It’s been another tough summer in the nation’s capital. I am one of those rare creatures who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and I love my hometown very much. But even I would admit that, this summer, Washington lived up to its reputation as “The Swamp”—politically and meteorologically. I need crisp fall air, some exciting new ideas and a little inspiration, and I don’t think I’m alone. (I should also probably cut back on my escapist consumption of Bravo television shows, but that’s a subject for another day.)

#AskExcelinEd: How my family inspires my passion for education

• Lowell Matthews

My passion for education really started with my family. My mom was born in Spain in the 1930s around the Spanish Civil War. She left school in the third grade to work in a factory as a seamstress. My father was born in the 1940s around World War II. He graduated from high school and went immediately into the Air Force. These two constantly encouraged me and my siblings to do better in school. To them, an education offered the opportunity to have greater choices about what we wanted to be and how we could make a difference.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I Believe Innovation Can Improve Outcomes for All Students

• Quentin Suffren

I’m winding down my summer reading Flannery O’Connor, talent shortage surveys and our new CTE playbook!

#AskExcelinEd: How My Neighbor Inspires Me to Work for All Students

• Melissa Canney

I feel like I went back to school early this summer when I started with ExcelinEd in early July. In a few short weeks, I have learned so much through the organization’s resources and from my incredibly smart and dedicated team members. I am thrilled to be a part of this team and to keep learning every day!

#AskExcelinEd: Why Education Choice Is an Exercise in Humility

• James Paul

It is challenging to retain humility in the field of policy making, where white-coated experiments often rule the day. Don’t get me wrong—there is a need for rigorous research to evaluate the merits of policy options. But it’s also crucial to hear from real people just how these policies are impacting their families and communities.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I’m Grateful for A-F School Grading

• Ryan Mahoney

I have a lot of respect for former educators who use their classroom experience to take up the cause of reform. Their ground-level insights are incredibly helpful in understanding how the policies we promote impact actual students, teachers and parents. Education reform also needs those of us who’ve been steeped in the Three Ps—politics, policy and the press—long before we were asked, for example, to weigh in on the benefits of a complex personalized learning bill at a committee hearing. In my work with ExcelinEd, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help every student achieve their full potential.

#AskExcelinEd: This Is My North Star

• Alexandra Dominguez

The struggle for education reform can be a long, sometimes frustrating one. At a time when civil discourse and the debate over ideas can quickly become politicized and weaponized, we must remained anchored in our shared goal of ensuring all students are equipped with the high-quality education they need and deserve. That is our north star.

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Transition to Student-Centered Learning?

• Karla Phillips

ExcelinEd recognizes the need to support the continuing evolution of student-centered models and programs in schools across the nation. This is why we promote and support the adoption and implementation of innovation and pilot programs. The primary purpose of our support is to identify state policies that hinder full implementation of new, student-centered learning models […]

#AskExcelinEd: How My Mom and Dad Inspire My Work in K-12 Education Reform

• Liya Amelga

My parents immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia almost 40 years ago. They raised my five younger siblings and me to understand and appreciate the possibilities that stem from being well educated. I am grateful for the unrepayable sacrifices they have made to help us realize our potential, and I admire their efforts to create opportunities for many other children to do the same. I often reflect on their example and continually strive to emulate it both personally and professionally.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I work to give all students the same educational opportunity I had

• Victoria Bell

I received my education via multiple avenues across multiple state lines: traditional public school, online charter school, private parochial school, homeschool and a private university. Through these experiences, I realized how important flexibility and choices are when it comes to education. At different points in my education, I had different needs. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to have those needs met. As a policy analyst at ExcelinEd, my work focuses on making sure other students have that same opportunity.

#AskExcelinEd: What I’ve Learned about Humility, Innovation and Education Reform

• Karla Phillips

This summer, I have been looking at the various ways innovation is defined and the many ways the word is used or framed. Simultaneously, I have been reflecting on our nation’s journey toward education reform. Both of these efforts have lead me to one conclusion—we all need greater humility.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I Aim to Lose at Least Once Every Day

• J. Alex Kelly

My goal every day is to lose at least once. Days spent only compiling wins are days we didn’t do anything daring. And as education reformers, we are warriors for daring disruption and detangling what stands in the way of students reaching their greatest potential.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I Work to Expand Access and Equity for Students

• Erin Lockett

I’m based in D.C., but I claim Florida as my home state. I work on Course Access for ExcelinEd’s Innovation policy team, and believe that it is critical to provide student’s with access to the opportunities they need to be successful.

#AskExcelinEd: Why I Believe Education Can Change the World

• Nathan Hoffman

We’ve passed the midpoint of summer. But just because school is out doesn’t mean learning needs to stop for students. In my region, I’ve seen states and local communities step up to provide creative ways to keep kids reading over the summer.

#AskExcelinEd: What Inspires Me to Work for Students

• Ashley DeMauro

Based in Pennsylvania, I have the awesome opportunity to work with policymakers and partners across the Northeast on student-centered policies. I am a former legislative and agency staffer who believes education policy is the most important matter in which we can find ourselves engaged. The resources included here are just a fraction of what inspires me to do this work!

#AskExcelinEd: What I’m Reading and Listening to This Summer

• Adam Peshek

I direct ExcelinEd’s work on school choice. My wife and I are currently house hunting in the Atlanta area, and the negative consequences of tying home values to school funding has never been so clear to me.

#AskExcelinEd: My Summer Reads and Research

• Dr. Christy Hovanetz

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.

#AskExcelinEd: My Summer Learning Recommendations

• Jennifer Diaz

You know the saying “You learn something new every day”? This is part of what I love about working at ExcelinEd. I am constantly learning and engaging with policy and advocacy experts, our 300+ partner groups, dedicated education reporters and families from across the country. But best of all, I know I’m part of a nationwide movement of individuals and organizations working toward a common goal. We may not always agree on how to get there, but we all believe that kids deserve our best ideas on how to ensure everyone can learn and reach his or her greatest potential. Check out some of the links below for my recommended summer learning resources. Have a great summer!

#AskExcelinEd: Why I care about education policy

• Sam Duell

I’m a teacher and school administrator turned policy enthusiast. I care most about policy mechanisms that empower people to urgently address their most pressing challenges. That includes public charter schools.

#AskExcelinEd: What I’m Celebrating this Independence Day

• Tom Greene

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

Join me for the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series!

• Patricia Levesque

Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

#AskExcelinEd: How can we reclaim the potential of Texas public charter schools?

• Sam Duell

According to a paper ExcelinEd released this week in collaboration with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Business Leadership Council and Texas Aspires, it has never been more difficult for a Texas charter application to be approved than it is today. This is an odd conundrum because Texas is known nationally for its public charter […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state policymakers support cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

• Quentin Suffren

Most cross-sector partnerships that support career and technical education (CTE) programs develop and operate at the regional and local levels. After all, these are the communities where K-12 schools, institutions of higher education and businesses are most engaged. Yet cross-sector partnerships still need state-level engagement to improve their chances for success. Indeed, regional and local partnerships often depend on state agencies and statewide initiatives to secure the flexibility, funding and resources needed for long-term sustainability. So what can state policymakers do to support cross-sector partnerships for CTE?

#AskExcelinEd: What are key elements of strong cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

• Dr. Danielle Mezera

ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series helps stakeholders better align career and technical education (CTE) programs with industry demands in their region and state. The five playbooks and accompanying resources will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Successful CTE programs depend on cross-sector […]

#AskExcelinEd: What impact does a comprehensive K-3 Reading Policy have on 4th grade NAEP scores?

• Dr. Christy Hovanetz

Last month, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, however we saw some bright spots in fourth-grade reading performance from some states like Arizona, Florida, and Mississippi. In our last #AskExcelinEd NAEP series, we explore states that have a comprehensive K-3 Reading policy and its impact on […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does NAEP tell us about A-F school grading in Indiana?

• Dr. Christy Hovanetz

Last month, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, with improvements in states—like Indiana—that are embracing A-F school grading.

#AskExcelinEd – Why do people start public charter schools?

• Sam Duell

As we continue to celebrate National Charter Schools Week, ExcelinEd Associate Director of Policy Sam Duell highlights seven stories from seven states of people who have founded charter schools to improve their communities.  Why do people start public charter schools? It’s a question you may hear this week as advocates and adversaries debate the charter school […]

#AskExcelinEd: How Should Chronic Absenteeism Factor into Accountability?

• Liya Amelga

This week we take a look at ESSA and chronic absenteeism with Associate Director of K-12 Liya Amelga explaining what state accountability systems should measure. Last week, I tuned into the webcast of the Beyond Reading and Math: How to Accelerate Success for Students. The event served as a launching pad for a discussion on the […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does Mississippi’s 2017 NAEP score tell us about improvement?

• Dr. Christy Hovanetz

Two weeks ago, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, with strong improvements in states—like Mississippi—that are embracing and faithfully implementing student-centered policies. This week’s #AskExcelinEd brings you a look into Mississippi’s performance. Thanks to Dr. Christy Hovanetz, ExcelinEd’s Senior Policy Fellow, and Jim Hull, ExcelinEd’s Policy […]

#AskExcelinEd: How does Florida compare on the 2017 NAEP?

• Dr. Christy Hovanetz

Last week, the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed mixed results nationally, with strong improvements in states—like Florida—that are embracing and faithfully implementing student-centered policies.  This week’s #AskExcelinEd brings you an in-depth analysis on Florida’s performance—including awesome news on subgroup performance. Thanks to Dr. Christy Hovanetz, ExcelinEd’s Senior Policy Fellow, […]

#AskExcelinEd: 2017 NAEP results are finally out – what does the data tell us so far?

• ExcelinEd

Yesterday, the National Assessment Governing Board released the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics in grades 4 and 8 showing mixed results nationally with strong improvements in states that are embracing and faithfully implementing student-centered policies. As Dr. Christy Hovanetz, ExcelinEd’s Senior Policy Fellow and Jim Hull, ExcelinEd’s Policy Impact Director […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can a Course Access Policy help states advance educational equity?

• Erin Lockett

In our final look at how states are advancing educational equity and offering all students quality learning opportunities, Senior Policy Analyst Erin Lockett shares how states can utilize a Course Access policy to achieve educational equity for all students.  The final promising practice in CCSSO’s States Leading for Equity is Empower Student Options: Ensure Families Have […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does ESSA require with respect to accountability for student subgroups?

• Claire Voorhees

As we continue to explore how states are advancing educational equity to offer students quality learning opportunities, National Director of Policy Claire Voorhees, shares how state accountability systems under ESSA can help identify the needs of all students. In States Leading for Equity, CCSSO and The Aspen Institute called for “measure[ing] what matters” and “creat[ing] accountability […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can early learning help states close the equity gap?

• Cari Miller

As we continue to explore how states are advancing educational equity that offers students quality learning opportunities, Policy Director of Early Literacy Cari Miller discusses the importance of high quality early learning programs and highlights four states who are leading the way. A new resource from CCSSO is now available to support equity improvements already underway […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states allocate resources to achieve fiscal equity?

• Matthew Joseph

As we continue to explore how states are advancing educational equity that offers students quality learning opportunities, this week, Policy Director of Education Funding Matthew Joseph discusses how states can implement student-centered funding, and highlights some promising practices from states across the country.  It’s a poorly kept secret that fiscal equity is elusive in K-12 public […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are states doing to advance educational equity?

• Liya Amelga

During this #AskExcelinEd series, we will be exploring how states are advancing educational equity to offer students quality learning opportunities. Associate Director of K-12 Reform Liya Amelga kicks off this series by providing a historical overview of educational equity.  A new report States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments released by the […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state and local education agencies support educators in improving CTE instruction?

• Dr. Danielle Mezera

As we’ve noted before, strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) requires a number of steps, including program alignment with state and regional demand; sequenced and progressive coursework; academic and technical student experiences that result in employable skills; and high-quality course standards. What is missing from this list? Educators. As a robust state CTE program grows, […]

#AskExcelinEd: What challenges do states face in aligning CTE program offerings to business and industry needs?

• Quentin Suffren

A high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) program reflects the needs of business and industry and ensures students are well prepared to meet those needs. Too often, this statement is still the exception – and not the rule. Let’s take a closer look at the top three challenges states face in strengthening their CTE programs. […]

#AskExcelinEd: What steps can states take to ensure their CTE courses are high quality?

• Danielle Mezera

For our next #CTEMonth installment, Danielle Mezera, coauthor of Putting CTE to Work for Students, explains high-quality course standards and why they are essential in a successful CTE program. Strengthening state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs does not have to involve major legislative changes or depend on federal action, such as reauthorization of the […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why do industry certifications matter?

• Lowell Matthews

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. Today, we’ll tackle the question of why industry certifications matter for secondary students. The benefits are undeniable! Consider each of these advantages: Foundational Skills The process of earning an industry certification allows students to experience the real-world demands of work in a practical way. Acquiring an industry […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why is #CTEMonth important?

• Quentin Suffren

February is Career and Technical Education Month (#CTEMonth) and for the next few weeks we will be exploring some of the pressing issues facing state and local CTE programs. Today, Innovation Policy Managing Director Quentin Suffren previews what to expect from this series and provides background on CTE. Here at ExcelinEd, we talk a lot […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does National School Choice Week mean to you?

• Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Next week we celebrate National School Choice Week with more than 32,000 events and activities across the country. Parents, teachers and students will be featuring traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, online schools and homeschooling. I personally will be among an estimated 6.7 million participants at National School Choice Week events. […]

#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 […]

#AskExcelinEd: Q&A with Governor Jeb Bush

• Governor Jeb Bush

Why did you first convene a national summit on education reform back in 2008? When we held our first summit in Orlando in 2008, our entire staff could have fit in a minivan. We were a start-up that took on the rather audacious mission of overhauling the nation’s education system, basing our approach on disruptive […]

#AskExcelinEd: National Summit edition featuring Q&A with Cari Miller

• ExcelinEd

We are just four weeks away from ExcelinEd’s 2017 National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE17)! During this four-part #AskExcelinEd series, we will share Q&As with some speakers from our upcoming event.

#AskExcelinEd: How do states and schools determine what is a high-quality, industry-recognized credential?

• Lowell Matthews

One question ExcelinEd frequently receives when discussing industry recognized credential opportunities is: How do you determine which credentials are high quality?

#AskExcelinEd: What is a major policy barrier to implementing Personalized Learning?

• Karla Phillips

Over the next few weeks, our Innovation policy team will answer the questions they’ve been receiving. We invite you to send in your questions or Tweet us at @ExcelinEd, and share this important information with education partners, stakeholders and others who would like to know more. Personalized learning tailors a student’s educational experience to meet their […]

#AskExcelinEd: What role does Course Access play in preparing students for college and career?

• Erin Lockett

Learner-centered education requires broad access to high-quality coursework, yet too many schools and districts are unable to offer critical courses necessary for college and career readiness. ExcelinEd’s Course Access policy seeks to address these gaps through legislation, incentives and guidance allowing students to access an online marketplace of high-quality courses.

#AskExcelinEd: How do ExcelinEd’s Innovation policies support learner-centered education?

• ExcelinEd

How do ExcelinEd’s Innovation policies support learner-centered education? ExcelinEd’s Innovation policy set focuses on three core areas that promote learner-centered approaches to education. Each policy set is distinct, yet all are focused on expanding families’ opportunities to select the courses and learning pathways that are best for their students. 

#AskExcelinEd: What are states using as School Quality and Student Success Indicators?

• Liya Amelga

When ESSA was first passed, there was intense interest in the SQ/SS indicator. Many education experts speculated on the measures states would include in their accountability systems. Meanwhile, some organizations dedicated to the implementation of rigorous accountability systems focused on student outcomes, like ExcelinEd, were concerned that states would use the SQ/SS indicator to water down or complicate their accountability systems. Fortunately, this has largely not been the case so far.

#AskExcelinEd: How are states incorporating student growth into their accountability systems?

• Jim Hull

One of ESSA’s strengths is that it encourages states to include measures of student growth in their accountability systems. When states hold schools accountable for the academic improvement of each student, it creates a more balanced accountability system because it gives schools credit for improving student achievement, not just for advancing students to the “proficient” level. Recognizing growth provides schools incentive to improve the performance of all students—from those who start school the furthest behind and may not reach proficiency in the first few years to the higher performers who are already proficient and ready to move to advanced achievement.

#AskExcelinEd: How much weight do states’ school accountability systems give to academic outcomes?

• Claire Voorhees

This #AskExcelinEd series features our analysis of the nuts and bolts of the first 17 ESSA plans (16 states, plus Washington, D.C.) submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Each week we will answer a different question about these plans to help the next 34 states learn from the strengths and weaknesses of the first round […]

#AskExcelinEd: ESSA

• Jazmyn Reed

The Foundation for Excellence in Education presents this Question & Answer series #AskExcelinEd on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to help state policymakers and stakeholders explore and understand the complex new law as well as the many opportunities and solutions to challenges it presents for states. ExcelinEd’s policy team will answer questions they’ve been receiving, […]