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Secret legacy of Secretary Duncan

Carmel Martin discusses three key ways that Secretary Arne Duncan transformed the U.S. Department of Education into a supportive partner for states and an engine of innovation.

This month marked the official end of the No Child Left Behind era and the start of a state education policy paradigm.

Under the newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama, states will have wide latitude to set their own goals, will be able to use a broader set of indicators to assess school quality and will be able to determine the interventions that will work best for their struggling schools.

But the dirty little secret may be that this isn’t quite the radical shift some would have you believe. In fact, because of the Education secretary’s leadership and through his policies, the work has already begun.

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Carmel Martin

Distinguished Senior Fellow