Dr. Jacqueline Jones
“Using Assessment to Individualize Teaching”
Jacqueline Jones serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning under the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Dr. Jones is the former Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood Education in the New Jersey State Department of Education, where oversaw standards, curriculum and assessment for preschool through 3rd grade programs statewide. Prior to joining the NJ Department of Education, Dr. Jones worked for 15 years in the Research Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. As a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Early Childhood Research and Development, her work focused on the study of assessment in early childhood, specifically the development of classroom-based strategies to document young children’s science and literacy learning. Dr. Jones has written in the area of early childhood assessment and is particularly interested in the development of effective early childhood assessment systems for school districts and states. Her work also explores the role of documentation and assessment in the ongoing professional development of early childhood educators. Dr. Jones has given presentations across the country and has served on a number of national advisory committees including the National Head Start Research Advisory Committee, the Pew National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force and the National Research Council’s Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children. She received a BA from Hunter College and MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.