Rachel Anderson

Guest Blogger

Director of Policy and Practice, Data Quality Campaign

Washington, D.C.

Rachel Anderson is director of policy and practice at the Data Quality Campaign. Rachel leads DQC’s work to foster an effective role for the federal government in supporting education data use. She convenes and collaborates with partners and policymakers to analyze and develop constructive education data legislation at all levels. Rachel’s work focuses on student data privacy, federal policy, student access to data, education research, and state and federal legislation.

Before joining DQC in 2013, Rachel worked as a research analyst in early childhood development at Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization. There she explored topics such as the definition and measurement of school readiness skills, curriculum implementation and evaluation, and teacher preparation and professional development. During her graduate studies, she worked for the Ounce of Prevention Fund with their National Policy Consultation Team, providing early education policy information and guidance to state advocates.

Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University and a master’s in public policy from The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Outside the world of education data, Rachel enjoys hiking and is always eager to try new trails.

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Posted Nov. 16, 2018

Explaining Social-Emotional Learning to Families Can Be Tough. Here’s Three Things You Should Know.

Eighty-two percent of Americans think it’s very important for schools to help students develop interpersonal skills like cooperation, respect and…

By Rachel Anderson

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