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Expertise: K-12 education

Scott Sargrad is the vice president of K-12 Education Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Sargrad served as deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education under then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as the acting director of the Office of School Turnaround. He joined the Education Department in 2009 as a presidential management fellow in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and also worked as a senior policy adviser 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 bachelor’s 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
How The Biden Administration Can Focus On Education In The First 100 DaysForbesDecember 17, 2020
Fact Sheet: Public Education Opportunity GrantsCenter for American ProgressNovember 23, 2020
A First 100 Days Agenda for K-12 EducationCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2020
Public Education Opportunity GrantsCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2020
Creating Strong Building Blocks for Every StudentCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2020
Why K-12 Education Needs More Federal Stimulus FundingCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2020
3 Principles for Reopening Schools Safely During the COVID-19 PandemicCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2020
How To Make High School Graduation More Meaningful For Every StudentForbesFebruary 25, 2020
Strengthening Democracy With a Modern Civics EducationCenter for American ProgressDecember 14, 2019
How Collaboration Can Address Both Education And Economic InequalityForbesNovember 21, 2019
Betsy DeVos’ Response To Nation’s Report Card Results Is Dead WrongForbesNovember 1, 2019
10 K-12 Education Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should AnswerCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2019
The Country Is Thinking Big on Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. We Should Think Big About School Funding, TooThe 74September 9, 2019
A Quality Education for Every ChildCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2019
11 Ways New Governors Can Lead on Education Through Executive ActionsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2019
Smart Investments for Safer SchoolsCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2018
Education in the 2018 MidtermsCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2018
A Well-Rounded EducationCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2018
All the Ways Brett Kavanaugh Is Going to Help Betsy DeVosThinkProgressAugust 9, 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
Conservative Attacks on Discipline Reform Are a Distraction from Meaningful Action to Prevent Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2018
Rolling Back Rights for StudentsU.S News & World ReportMarch 7, 2018
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