Allison Henderson
Vice President


  • Accountability
  • ESEA
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Teacher effectiveness

As a Westat vice president, Allison Henderson has over 25 years of experience conducting research and providing decision makers with policy-relevant information about federal and state education programs as well as leading large-scale technical assistance endeavors with a focus on innovative reforms in accountability and educator quality. Recently Henderson directed Westat’s efforts in preparing the high school rankings for Newsweek. For over a decade, Henderson has managed Westat’s educator effectiveness and human capital management sector. She has worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to implement an array of initiatives related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s teacher quality provisions, including monitoring state progress in meeting the highly qualified teachers challenge and equitable access requirements of the statute. Henderson has directed numerous high-profile technical assistance projects, including support for the Teacher Incentive Fund. Henderson has managed the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Title II, HEA accountability reporting system. She has been a peer reviewer for the department’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver initiative.