Marie O’Hara
Associate Director, Policy and Practice

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Academic standards
  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Data and statistics
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Remediation

Marie O’Hara is the associate director of the state policy and implementation support team at Achieve. She manages Achieve’s annual 50-state survey and report researching state policy adoption and implementation efforts in aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments, data, and accountability systems with the demands of college and careers. Prior to joining Achieve in 2008, O’Hara spent four years at the American Institutes for Research working as a research associate on a number of federally funded education projects, including the National Center for Technology Innovation, the Reading First program, and the What Works Clearinghouse. O’Hara also spent a year as a research fellow with the Center for Research on Children in the U.S., researching the effectiveness of Tulsa Public Schools’ pre-K program. A Philadelphia native, O’Hara holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University, where she wrote her thesis on the relationship between state-level education policies and high-school academic achievement.