Press Releases

Nellie Mae releases a new report on successful models of competency-based education. This publication was developed in partnership with CREC in Connecticut and NCEE. Click here to download the report (PDF).

30 Arizona High Schools Implementing Move On When Ready Initiative: Thirty Arizona high schools are implementing Move On When Ready, a performance-based education initiative to prepare students for college and career readiness, during the 2012-2013 school year. The number of participating schools has more than doubled since the initiative was launched in fall 2011. Click here to read the full release.

High Schools in Four States Piloting Program Designed to Bring American High Schools Up To Global Standards: High schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky and Mississippi are participating in a national pilot program that could result in basic changes in high school structure, curriculum, and testing throughout the country. The new program, Excellence for All (formerly the Board Examination Systems Program), is based on more than 20 years of research by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) on those countries that routinely outperform the United States on international assessments of student performance. Click here to read the full release.

The National Center receives grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to implement Board Examination System in Connecticut school.  Click here and here for more information.

Four Board Examination Systems Certified for Use in Pilot Study: Proposals were evaluated by a State Review Panel, composed of representatives of the member states, by NCEE’s Technical Advisory Committee and by the National Center for the improvement of Educational Assessment. As a result of this process, four organizations were certified to offer their systems to pilot schools. Click here for an overview of the four certified organizations.

Excellence for All in the Media

Big changes in  store for Lamar Co. high schools, Associated Press (Mississippi) April 9, 2013

MDE expands high school pilot program, Northeast Mississippi Journal, March 21, 2013

Project director talks about curriculum standards, Yuma Sun, February 7, 2013

Teachers converge on Yuma for curriculum training, Yuma Sun, February 7, 2013

Program will help students graduate earlier, Sun Herald, December 10, 2012

Surviving the New Age of Accountability, AdvancED Source, Fall 2012

New Program allows some high school students to move on when ready, Cronkite News, October 31, 2012

Schools may join special pilot program, NEMS Daily Journal, October 1, 2012

Arizona High School Program Expands, The Arizona Republic, September 26, 2012

Excellence for All, WTVA, September 9, 2012

Arizona Launches Common Core Standards Resources for Educators, Families and Communities,, September 5, 2012

More schools get chance at pilot program, Northeast Mississippi Journal, July 15, 2012

Kingman parents, students receive a course on Cambridge prep, Kingman Daily Miner, March 28, 2012

Education Excellence, KAET-TV, March 21, 2012

What States and Nonprofits are Doing to Encourage Early Highschool Graduation, Education Week (transcript of online chat), February 27, 2012

Program gets students through high school in 2 years, Frankfort State Journal (KY), February 10, 2012

What Can U.S. Schools Learn From Foreign Counterparts?, District Administration magazine, February 2012

Some States Prodding Students to Graduate Early, Education Week, January 25, 2011

Move on When Ready, KAET-TV, December 15, 2011

NCEE Pilots Global Curriculum in High Schools, Education Daily, October 17, 2011

Pilot Aims to Ready High Schoolers for Community College in 2 Years, Education Week, October 4, 2011

State education director explains reforms in testing, reading, Yuma Sun, September 21, 2011

ASU charter school adopts early diploma program, East Valley Tribune, August 23, 2011

Arizona Schools Try New Diploma System, Arizona Rebublic, August 12, 2011

Schools Sought to Try Out Tough Exam System, Hartford Courant, December 19, 2010

Plan Would Let Students Start College After 10th GradeThe New York Times, February 17, 2010

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