Kaylan Connally

Kaylan Connally was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provided research and analysis on policies that impact PreK-12 teaching quality and school leadership. She is currently a Senior Program Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she supports states’ efforts to improve educator preparation programs along with outcomes for diverse learners.

Previously, Connally worked on teacher evaluation design and research at D.C. Public Schools. There she led stakeholder engagement and qualitative research on teacher evaluation and developed policy proposals to increase evaluation’s formative value, including initiating a student surveys pilot. Connally began her career as a teacher in Brooklyn, where she taught sixth grade English. Connally and her work have been featured in such media outlets as The Hechinger Report, Pacific Standard, Washington Monthly, and The Atlantic. She holds an EdM in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in philosophy from New York University.

All Work

Alexander's Assurance of Bipartisanship Does Not Guarantee a Bipartisan NCLB

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released his highly anticipated draft proposal to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

What Arne Duncan’s Speech Means for Possible ESEA Reauthorization

Secretary Arne Duncan addresses key administration plans to reauthorize No Child Left Behind.

Why Tennessee Should Stay the Course on Common Core

Reflections on 2014 from New America's PreK-12 Ed Policy Team

Some highlights in the world of education policy from 2014.

Improving Teacher Preparation Requires Less Tinkering, More Transformation

Alternative programs like these currently prepare (or will prepare) a tiny fraction of teachers nationally.