Michelle Exstrom
Education Program Director


  • Assessment
  • College and career readiness
  • Common Core
  • Data and statistics
  • State policy
  • Teacher quality

Michelle Exstrom is education program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she oversees the program’s work on educator effectiveness, standards and assessments, resource reallocation, student data privacy and school choice and staffs NCSL’s Education Standing Committee. During the past 15 years at NCSL, she has provided research and testimony to state legislatures, published annual reports on education legislation in all 50 states and numerous reports, books and magazine articles on education policy. Exstrom is often quoted on these topics by the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico and Education Week. Prior to NCSL, Exstrom served as a senior legislative assistant in the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Legal Services.  In this capacity, she assisted in drafting finance, taxation, and state and local government legislation and with legal research for the General Assembly. Exstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, graduate-level paralegal certification, and is completing her master’s degree in political science with an emphasis in politics and public policy.