Peggy Carr
Acting Commissioner, Associate Commisioner for Assessment


  • Arts education
  • Assessment
  • Class size and structure

Peggy G. Carr is the acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics in the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. She oversees NCES’ fulfillment of its Congressional mandate to “collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education,” among other things. Carr continues to serve as the associate commissioner of the assessment division for NCES, a role she has held for 16 years. She is responsible for national and international large-scale assessments, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Carr has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University and a master’s and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Howard University. Carr has also served as the chief statistician for the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education and as the research methodologist of Howard’s Statistical and Research Computer Laboratory. She also spent more than 15 years teaching doctoral level graduate courses at Howard. Carr was awarded the Meritorious Executive Rank Award for sustained superior accomplishments in management of programs in 2008 by President George Bush.