Adam Gamoran


  • Achievement gap
  • Data and statistics
  • NAEP
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Poverty
  • School reform
  • Teacher effectiveness

Adam Gamoran is president of the William T. Grant Foundation and professor emeritus of sociology and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In a research career of three decades, he published a wide range of studies on educational inequality and school reform, including the edited volume, “Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind,” published by Brookings Institution Press in 2007. At the foundation, he is leading a new initiative to support research on programs, policies and practices to reduce inequality, and is continuing the foundation’s ongoing efforts to understand the use of research evidence in decision-making.  He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was twice appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences.