Diane Ravitch Receives AASA 2011 American Education

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 17, 2011. Diane Ravitch, noted author, research professor of Education, New York University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, today receives the 2011 American Education Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

The award, established in 1928, honors an outstanding American citizen who has distinguished herself or himself through excellence in his or her profession, and who serves as a role model and teacher to others. Past honorees include Sandra Day O’Connor, Marian Wright Edelman, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, Margaret Mead, President Lyndon Johnson, Eunice Shriver and Dorothy Height.

Ravitch is being honored for her extensive work as an historian of education with “a deep and abiding interest in improving the conditions in which teachers work and students learn.” Her recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, set the stage for many of the education conversations—about such issues as school choice, testing and accountability—that are taking place across the nation today.

“Dr. Ravitch has assumed a lead role in championing public education, and for that we are grateful,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “This is an important time for public education. The old ideas are being challenged. Diane’s data, her passion and her powers of persuasion are influencing changes in education policy in very positive ways. Students, now and in the coming years, will benefit from her work.”

From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was adjunct professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ravitch receives her award at a ceremony at the annual AASA National Education Conference being held in Denver, Feb. 17-19, 2011. Ravitch is also a keynote speaker at the conference.

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