Obama Taps Larry Hedges for Key Education Post

Obama Taps Larry Hedges for Key Education Post

Larry Hedges

Larry Hedges nominated to the National Board for Education Sciences

President Barack Obama tapped a Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy faculty member to become a key member of his educational advisory team. Larry Hedges, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy, has been nominated to the National Board for Education Sciences. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Hedges will become one of 15 voting members of the National Board. The Board advises and consults with the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (the Department of Education’s research arm) on educational policy and research priorities. 

Hedges -- who holds appointments in the School of Education and Social Policy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Policy Research -- is best known for developing statistical methods for meta-analysis (a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings) in the social, medical and biological sciences. His work is a key component of evidence-based social research.

“As one of the field’s leading authorities on education statistics and program evaluation, Larry will bring the good judgment that President Obama needs on research priorities,” said IPR director and School of Education and Social Policy Professor Fay Lomax Cook. 

Hedges will join nationally recognized scholars and education experts on the National Board, including the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Hedges’s work has brought rigorous methods of research to education evaluation. He chairs the Technical Advisory Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative to give educators and researchers a library of systematic reviews to aid in the development of evidenced-based educational policy. He is also president of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, which advances and disseminates research on the causal effects of education practices, programs and policies.

Hedges joined the Northwestern faculty in 2005, and co-launched IPR’s Center for Improving Methods for Quantitative Policy Research. An elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the co-author or co-editor of eight books and monographs, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis with Ingram Olkin.

By Wendy Leopold
Last Modified: 11/8/11