Morgan Polikoff
Associate Professor


  • Academic performance
  • Academic standards
  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Common Core
  • Common Core assessments
  • Curriculum
  • Data and statistics
  • Education reform
  • Educational standards
  • ESEA
  • Federal policy
  • International comparisons
  • Math
  • NAEP
  • No Child Left Behind
  • PISA
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Research and methodology
  • Standardized tests
  • State policy
  • Textbooks

Morgan Polikoff is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. His areas of expertise include K-12 education policy; Common Core standards; assessment policy; alignment among instruction, standards and assessments; and the measurement of classroom instruction. Polikoff’s work employs quantitative methods to address questions relating to the design, implementation and effects of standards, assessment and accountability policies. Recent work has investigated the alignment of textbooks to the Common Core standards and critiqued the design of school and teacher accountability systems. Ongoing work focuses on the ways textbooks and assessments influence implementation of the Common Core in the classroom. His research has been supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Polikoff received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2010 with a focus on education policy.