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Expertise: K-12 education

Laura Jimenez is the director of standards and accountability at American Progress. Previously, Jimenez served as the director of the College and Career Readiness and Success, or CCRS, Center at the American Institutes for Research, or AIR, which supports states in implementing their CCRS priorities. Prior to her role at AIR, Jimenez served as a special assistant in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, where she advised on policy for key K-12 education programs and initiatives, including the Title I program; Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility; School Improvement Grants; and programs that serve American Indian, Alaska Native, and homeless children. Jimenez has also overseen large scale college access programs funded by the National Institutes for Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also served as a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Jimenez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

By Laura Jimenez
The Education Data That Matter Most to Parents and School StakeholdersCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2021
Preparing Students of Color for the Future WorkforceCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2021
Good Jobs for All: How Federal Laws Can Create Pathways From Education and Training to Good JobsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2021
A First 100 Days Agenda for K-12 EducationCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2020
Preparing American Students for the Workforce of the FutureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2020
Student Assessment During COVID-19Center for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2020
Building a Strong Middle Class Through Career Pathways ProgramsCenter for American ProgressMay 18, 2020
Ensuring Equitable Pathways for the Class of 2020 Amid the CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2020
Congress Needs To Ensure Educational Equity in the Wake of the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2020
Puerto Rico’s Earthquakes Have Put Thousands of Schoolchildren at RiskCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2020
Math PathwaysCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2019
How Delaware Aims To Improve College ReadinessCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2019
A Quality Education for Every ChildCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2019
3 Ways DeVos Has Put Students At Risk by Deregulating EducationCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2019
The Rigor of a High School Diploma Is at RiskCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2019
The Case for Federal Funding for School InfrastructureCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2019
Furthering the College and Career Readiness of the District of Columbia’s StudentsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
A Well-Rounded EducationCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2018
Education Strengthening Career and Technical EducationInside SourcesAugust 10, 2018
On the Ground in Puerto RicoCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2018
Blueprint for Accountability Systems for Alternative High SchoolsCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2018
Are High School Diplomas Really a Ticket to College and Work?Center for American ProgressApril 2, 2018
Public Schools Must Address Disparities in Discipline RatesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2018
How to Reform Remedial EducationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2018
Analysis: ESSA, Like NCLB, Encourages Schools to Fudge Graduation Rates. Here’s How to Make the Numbers Really CountThe 74December 13, 2017
School Accountability in First-Round ESSA State PlansCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2017
Increased Opt-In Rates Boost Confidence in Higher Student Achievement RatesCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2017
Designing AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2017
A New Vision for School AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2017
The Sunshine State Isn’t the StandardU.S. News & World ReportFebruary 27, 2017
Inside the Financial Holdings of Billionaire Betsy DeVosCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2017
Innovation in AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2016
Remedial EducationCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2016