Stephen Cornman
Research Scientist


  • School funding
  • Teacher compensation

Stephen Q. Cornman is a research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. He currently directs the National Public Education Financial Survey, the School District Finance Survey, the new Pilot School-Level Finance Survey, and is the former director of the Teacher Compensation Survey. He is a former assistant research professor at Georgetown University. Cornman is a public policy specialist with experience as the former chief of policy and planning for the largest county in New Jersey; deputy director of the Essex County, N.J., Improvement Authority; and policy/budget assistant to former Borough President Fernando Ferrer in New York City. He designed a community-based welfare-to-work system that reduced the welfare rolls from 32,000 to 16,000 people in Essex County. Cornman has professional degrees in public affairs and law and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.