Linda Darling-Hammond
Founder and CEO


  • Assessment
  • Federal policy
  • State policy
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher quality

Linda Darling-Hammond is the founder and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute. Previously, she served as the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she was also the faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. In 2008, she served as the director of President Obama’s education policy transition team. Her book, “The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine our Future,” received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Her most recent books are “Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement” (2013), and “Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments” (2014). Her most recent research includes the report, “Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm,” authored with input from a broad group of contributors from around the country.