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Mr. David Wakelyn Scarlett

826DC Representative, Founding Partner

Union Square Learning

Union Square Learning

Background Information

Employment History

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Senior Associate

America's Choice


Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

Executive Director, Policy Development

College Board

Senior Director

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Program Director

National Governors Association


Board Member
826 National

Board Member

Board Member
Galapagos Charter School

Board of Regents Member


American History
Vanderbilt University

Public Policy
Robert LaFollette Institute

Education Policy
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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As K-12 Policy Lead at The College Board, David currently leads a team that works with states and districts to rethink their assessment and accountability policies in support of college and career readiness. He was previously education policy advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo, where he led the effort to revamp the state's teacher evaluation law. From 2005-2011, David was Program Director at the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, where he headed projects on high school reform and efforts to improve instruction. He also worked on the development of the Common Core State Standards. David is the author of Raising Rigor, Getting Results: Lessons Learned from AP Expansion, "Increasing College Success: A Roadmap for Governors" and is co-author of "Retooling Career Technical Education."
Previously, he worked for America's Choice School Design and researched efforts to turn around low-performing schools in Chicago and Kentucky. David began his career as a middle school math teacher in South Central Los Angeles. David earned a B.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in Public Policy from the Robert LaFollette Institute and Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cuomo, Common Core and Pearson-for-Profit

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In September, Pearson cemented its ties with the New York State governor and the State Education Department when David Wakelyn was appointed Deputy Secretary for Education. Governor Cuomo claimed "With his extensive experience in improving the performance of schools all across the nation, David Wakelyn is the right person to help turn around our schools. He is an expert in state policy for education, and together we will deliver results for students and families in New York. However, Wakelyn's resume shows that after briefly working as a teacher as part of the Teach for America program, he moved into educational policy and decision making, primarily as a Senior Associate for America's Choice School Design, which is now a leading Pearson sub-division. Of course, Wakelyn is not the only corporate representative to move into a government position where they can sell products produced by their former (and future?) employer.

State policies are one reason for ...

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State policies are one reason for this 10-year trend, David Wakelyn, executive director of policy development for The College Board, said as part of a presentation to the Midwestern Legislative Conference Education Committee. (The College Board, a nonprofit, membership association of educational institutions, administers the AP program.)

In Indiana, for example, every school in the state is now required to offer at least two AP courses. Florida builds AP courses into its K-12 education funding formula and offers bonuses to teachers for each student who gets a passing score on the end-of-course exam. In Arkansas, teachers are provided two weeks of summer training on AP instruction at one of four universities in the state.
Yet Wakelyn told state legislators that many qualified students still are not being exposed to the rigor of an AP course, which can help young people prepare for college.
"We have lots of students with untapped AP potential and lots of others who are not college-ready - only 43 percent of the [nation's] Class of 2013 met all college-readiness benchmarks [as measured by SAT scores]," he said.
That "untapped potential" is determined by comparing a student's SAT score with his or her participation in an AP course. In most states, including those in the Midwest, only about half of the students with SAT scores that show an ability to succeed in an AP course participate in one.
That is a missed opportunity, Wakelyn said, to challenge students, prepare them for college and, in some cases, allow them to earn postsecondary credits. (Studies show that students who successfully complete an AP course are more likely to graduate from college, and to graduate on time, compared to their peers.)

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