STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: Spotlighting Governors’ Speeches in Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, and New Mexico ArticleFebruary 11, 2013
In his state of the state address on January 16, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (R) set a goal of raising Alaska’s high school graduation rate from under 70 percent—where it stands now—to 90 percent by 2020.
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: Spotlighting Governors’ Speeches in Colorado, Nebraska, Vermont, and Virginia ArticleJanuary 28, 2013
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) expressed pride in the work Colorado has done in improving early childhood education in his state of the state address on January 10.
STRENGTHENING TEACHING AND LEARNING: New Hampshire’s Shift Away From “Seat Time” Offers Lessons for All States, New Alliance Report Finds ArticleJanuary 28, 2013
For a century, most students have advanced from grade to grade based on the number of days they spend in class, but New Hampshire schools have moved from “seat time” and toward “competency-based learning,” which advances students when they have mastered course content.
FOCUS ON PEOPLE: Creating a Data-Driven Culture a Necessary Step for States, Leaders, New DQC Report Finds ArticleNovember 26, 2012
States have made great strides in developing and implementing data systems in their school districts.
STEPPING UP: Alliance Launches Major Effort to Inform School District Leaders About Decisions Affecting the Future of Education ArticleNovember 26, 2012
While the U.S. Congress must confront crucial economic issues this month, every school, district, and state leader must make critical decisions in the next two years involving digital learning that will shape education for decades, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
TEACHER ABSENCE AS A LEADING INDICATOR OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: No Substitute for Teacher’s Presence in Classroom, Report Finds ArticleNovember 12, 2012
Schools that serve high percentages of African American and Latino students are more likely to have teacher absences, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
“EDUCATION DRIVES AMERICA”: Education Secretary Duncan Reports on Cross-Country Bus Tour, Offers Education Reform Goals for the Future ArticleOctober 15, 2012
In an October 2 speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reflected on his cross-country bus tour, which included more than 100 events in a dozen states across the country, and outlined education reform goals for the future, saying now is “no time to retreat,” but that it is time to “double down” on what is working.
TALKING TECH IN TEXAS: Alliance President Stresses Importance of Digital Learning in Testimony Before Texas Joint Interim Committee ArticleOctober 01, 2012
On September 24, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, testified before the Texas Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System on how digital learning and the effective use of technology can play a part in helping drive better learning for all students in Texas, regardless of their geography or socioeconomic status.
DIGITAL LEARNING MEETS DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: Alliance for Excellent Education Accepting Public Feedback on New Digital Learning Draft State Legislation ArticleAugust 06, 2012
On August 1, the Alliance for Excellent Education began an unprecedented digital process asking the American public to participate in developing major new state legislation designed to make digital learning and educational technology available to all students around the country.