Abigail Swisher

Program Associate, Education Policy Program

Abigail Swisher is a program associate with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the PreK-12 team, where her work focuses on college and career-ready policies, with specific attention to both assessment and the transition from high school to higher education. Prior to joining New America, Swisher taught elementary school science and engineering in Granville County, North Carolina.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Will the Ghost of Tracking’s Past Haunt Youth Apprenticeship’s Future?

New youth apprenticeship programs must grapple with the ugly legacy of career tracking.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Step in the Right Direction: Career Exploration in Middle School

Research shows that middle school matters in preparing students for college and career readiness, and policymakers are taking notice.


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Step

A new documentary that follows the trials and triumphs of three Baltimore seniors and their step team


EDUCATION POLICY
Recipe for Success

With new responsibility comes the need to deeply understand an inherently complex issue—educational assessment.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Do State Lawmakers Need to Know About K-12 Accountability Assessments?

State lawmakers are more involved in assessment decisions than ever. A new report from New America lays out what they need to know.


EDUCATION POLICY
Can ESSA Help Youth Apprenticeship Move Forward?

ESSA opens the door for states to improve career readiness. Whether states move forward depends on them.


Poor Shaming—But This Time in the School Cafeteria

New Mexico's recent legislative action against lunch shaming shows how states can stop schools from shaming students living in poverty.


EDUCATION POLICY
Low-Income, Minority Students Lag in High School Grad Rates

Abigail Swisher was quoted by the Associated Press on the benefit of dual enrollment for underprivileged groups of students.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Well-Intended Bad Idea: Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Chicago High Schools

Rahm Emanuel's plan for Chicago Public Schools could push a new generation of grads off track to graduation or into the arms of for-profits


EDUCATION POLICY
Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s "America First" Budget

The broad priorities for PreK-12 education center around school choice.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Look Under the Hood of Student Tests

A new report sheds light on a little-discussed element of K-12 testing: psychometric design.


EDUCATION POLICY
Preparing Rural Students for College and Career

A recent convening highlighted the challenges and opportunities of setting up rural students for postsecondary success.