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Ruth Curran Neild, Commissioner

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Neild is Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education (ED). NCEE conducts implementation and impact studies of ED programs and initiatives; supports locally prioritized research, evaluation, and analytic technical assistance through the Regional Educational Laboratories; and disseminates research reviews, references and sources through the What Works Clearinghouse, the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), and the National Library of Education. Her scholarly interests focus on the transition to ninth grade; high school graduation and dropout; high school reform; high school choice; and teacher quality. Much of her work has involved analyses of longitudinal administrative data sets from school districts and data merged across agencies. Prior to joining IES, she was a Research Scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. There, she was the Co- Principal Investigator of a randomized trial of two curricula for helping high school freshmen who are underprepared in mathematics to succeed in Algebra 1. Her publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, in popular journals for practitioners, and as broadly disseminated research reports. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.