CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Margaret Goertz

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE

Education Policy Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Biography

Dr. Margaret Goertz is a professor of Education Policy at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania and a senior researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). She served as a co-director of CPRE between 1995 and 2010. She has over 30 years of experience leading and conducting national and state-level studies on education policy and policy implementation. She has directed or co-directed studies of state and local implementation of Title I and NCLB; examined the design and implementation of standards-based reform by state education agencies (SEAs), school districts, and elementary and secondary schools; studied state teacher policies; and studied the interface between federal and state accountability and school improvement policies. She is currently looking at how state education agencies are organized to manage and use evidence in their policies or practices to improve low-performing schools. These are all multi-state, multi-level studies, involving data collection at the SEA, school district, school and teacher levels through the use of surveys, interviews and classroom observations.

In addition to her own research, Dr. Goertz currently serves on studies of the Technical Work Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES)’ Integrated Evaluation of ARRA Funding, Implementation of Title I/II Programs, and Study of School Turnaround. She has been a member of IES’ Education Systems Research Review Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Understanding the Influence of Standards in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, the K-12 Education Advisory Panel of the Government Accountability Office, and of the Technical Work Group for the National Evaluation of the federal Comprehensive Assistance Centers. Dr. Goertz has chaired the Technical Review Panel for the Redesign of the Schools and Staffing Survey and consulted on the design of NAEP background questionnaires. She is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Education finance
  • Education policy implementation
  • Accountability
  • Standards-based reform
  • Teacher policy
  • Research use