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Expertise: K-12 education

Scott Sargrad is the managing director of K-12 Education Policy at American Progress. In this role, he focuses on the areas of standards, assessments, school and district accountability systems, and school improvement.

Prior to joining American Progress, Sargrad served as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, where he had the primary responsibility for key K-12 education programs and initiatives, including the Title I program, Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility, and School Improvement Grants. He joined the department in 2009 as a presidential management fellow in the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. Previously, Sargrad taught mathematics, coached cross country and track and field, and was a special-education instructional assistant. He also worked on disability policy and taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sargrad received his undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in philosophy from Haverford College and a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

By Scott Sargrad
5 Ways the Trump Budget Undermines Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety EffortsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2018
Trump and DeVos Continue to Undermine Public Education with Their Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 BudgetCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
Don’t Let Education Debates Spoil Your EggnogU.S. News & World ReportDecember 20, 2017
Recovering from Hurricane Maria Requires an Extensive Federal ResponseCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2017
Plans in the works to improve NH schoolsNew Hampshire Union LeaderSeptember 24, 2017
Hidden MoneyCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2017
Designing AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2017
A New Vision for School AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2017
Innovation in AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2016
Federal Regulations Should Drive More Money to Poor SchoolsCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2016
Remedial EducationCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2016
High Standards and Better Tests Help Students ImproveInsideSourcesSeptember 22, 2016
7 Tenets for Sustainable School TurnaroundCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2016
7 Tenets to Sustain Successful School TurnaroundCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2016
Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better SchoolsCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2016
Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’Center for American ProgressMay 19, 2016
Making the GradeCenter for American ProgressMay 19, 2016
The Feds Can Fix School FundingU.S. News & World ReportMay 6, 2016
Better Tests, Fewer BarriersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2016
Implementing the Every Student Succeeds ActCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2016
Investing in Educator CapacityCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2015
Leaving Behind No Child Left BehindU.S. News & World ReportDecember 3, 2015
Our Report Card Must Reflect Our ClassroomsU.S. News & World ReportNovember 12, 2015
Invisible by DesignCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2015