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

Test Prep Doesn't Have to Be a Waste of Time

A new study from TeachPlus suggests what author Abigail Swisher already knew--that test prep doesn't have to be a waste of time.

Arizona Assessment Law is Troubling News for Students

Arizona’s governor signed into law a bill that will allow districts to opt-out of using the state’s exam, and instead select their own test.

The Core, Or Not the Core — That Is the Question

Worry Less about Your High Schoolers' Testing Time and More about Their Tests' Quality

It’s time to put our conventional wisdom about testing to the test, says Abigail Swisher.

Construction Ahead: Are State Policies Building Bridges, Detours, or Roadblocks to College?

In "Mapping College Ready Policies," Abigail Swisher analyzes states' progress to ensure all students are on a path to high school.

So You Want to Be a Mentor

Better listen to Abigail Swisher to make sure you help more than you harm.

What Candidates Should be Talking about in 2016: Six Ideas from New America

Americans should know where candidates stand on the following six issues before they cast their votes.

Next Gen High Schools Need Next Gen College Counseling

Education leaders and innovators met at the White House to share transformative approaches to high school education.

New Flexibilities on PARCC, New Opportunities to Lower the Bar for Students

PARCC, the multi-state Common Core-aligned assessment system, will be offering its member states new flexibilities next year.

Data vs. Politics: Why Has Commissioner Chester Stepped Back from PARCC?

Mass Education Commissioner and PARCC Chairman Mitchell Chester just took a big step back from the test he’s championed.

Master’s Requirement Threatens Equity in Dual Enrollment Access

The Higher Learning Commission's recent ruling is poised to cut or eliminate dual enrollment programs across its member states.

Building Momentum for Postsecondary Success

A recent report identifies a successful solution for boosting college completion.