Chrys Dougherty
Senior Research Scientist


  • College and career readiness
  • Data and statistics
  • Demographics and diversity

Chrys Dougherty is a senior research scientist at ACT Inc. and the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA). He has written extensively on college readiness, the value of longitudinal student data, and the 10 essential elements of statewide student information systems. After teaching science in an elementary school in Oakland, Calif., Dougherty received his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He taught statistics, economics, econometrics and education policy courses at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and authored “Asking the Right Questions about Schools: a Parents’ Guide.” Dougherty joined Just for the Kids, which later became NCEA, in 1997 and became a primary designer of NCEA’s innovative Just for the Kids School Reports.