Quality Counts 2011: Uncertain Forecast: Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality
Published Online: January 5, 2011
Education Week Presents

Uncertain Forecast: Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality



Leading education researchers, superintendents, and school financial officers joined Education Week on Jan. 11, 2011, for a daylong discussion of K-12 policy and economics, plus the release of our 15th annual Quality Counts report, an in-depth assessment of the challenges facing the states and how successfully education systems are meeting them.

The presentations and roundtable discussions, produced with support from the American Institutes for Research, investigated the impact of the recession, federal stimulus, and broader economic conditions on the nation’s schools. Our researchers also discussed the findings in the Quality Counts report, announced this year’s state grades and rankings, and sat down with the schools chief of the top-ranked state for a conversation about what works.

    Event Agenda

    Opening Remarks

    Virginia B. Edwards, President, Editorial Projects in Education, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week and edweek.org.
    Gina Burkhardt, Executive Vice President, American Institutes for Research

    Quality Counts Highlights

    Amy M. Hightower, Director, EPE Research Center
    Christopher B. Swanson, Vice President, Editorial Projects in Education
    • Moderator: Mark W. Bomster, Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week

    State Leadership Address

    Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland, the top ranked state for Quality Counts 2011
    • Moderator: Mark W. Bomster, Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week

    District Perspectives—Challenges and Opportunities

    Karen Hawley Miles, President and Executive Director, Education Resource Strategies
    John W. Scanlan II, Deputy Superintendent of Administration, Rochester City School District
    Matthew E. Stanski, Chief Financial Officer, Prince George's County Public Schools
    • Moderator: Sean Cavanagh, Assistant Editor, Education Week

    Insight—High-Quality Special Education on a Tight Budget

    Thomas B. Parrish, Managing Director, American Institutes for Research

    Policy Roundtable—The Education Forecast

    Noelle Ellerson, Assistant Director, Policy Analysis & Advocacy, American Association of School Administrators
    Bethany Little, Chief Education Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    Gerard Robinson, Secretary of Education, Virginia
    Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education
    • Moderator: Alyson Klein, Staff Writer, Education Week