Ken Wagner Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor to the NCTQ team, Ken offers expertise and experience in leadership, policy, strategy, measurement, and data systems.

Ken's career began as a high school senior, when he was elected to his local school board following a campaign promise to amplify student voice and choice. He has since served in various roles at the national, state, and local levels, including school psychologist and middle school principal. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.

Ken worked at the New York State Education Department from 2009 to 2015, ultimately serving as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, with a K-16 portfolio that included curriculum, assessment, instruction, and technology. He served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education from 2015 to 2019, with a focus on long-term and sustainable improvements in teaching and learning, anchored in the demands of students and families, and aligned to economic growth and opportunity.

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