Tom Kane
Faculty Director

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Admission
  • Financial aid
  • Race and diversity
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher evaluation

Thomas J. Kane is an economist and Walter H. Gale professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He led the Measures of Effective Teaching project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work has influenced thinking on a range of topics in K-12 and higher education – from measuring teacher effectiveness, to school accountability, college financial aid, charter schools, race-conscious college admissions and measuring the economic payoff to a community college education. He has been a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and UCLA’s School of Public Affairs as well as a senior economist in President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.  He has held visiting fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.