Patte Barth is the director of the Center for Public Education, an initiative of the National School Boards Association. Launched in 2006, NSBA’s Center provides practical information and analysis about the successes and challenges facing public schools in the U.S.
Barth has over 20 years experience working with education issues and policy. Prior to joining NSBA, Barth spent nine years at the Education Trust as a senior associate focusing on standards, assessments, and accountability systems. She is the author of several reports including studies on the misalignment between high school and college/career expectations. With Ruth Mitchell, she is the co-author of two books on elementary education for the 21st Century. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Education Week, and the American School Boards Journal.
Barth is a public school graduate and proud parent of three students in American public schools and universities.