Education Analytics Board

Education Analytics Board members serve two-year terms and provide strategic guidance and oversight to the organization. Current members of the Board include Deb Lindsey, Rob Meyer, David Steele, John Cronin, and William Clune.

Deb Lindsey is the former Director of Assessment at the Wyoming Department of Education. In this position, Deb was responsible for large-scale assessment for the state of Wyoming, including testing required under NCLB as well as state-required assessments of writing and ACT+ series in high school grades, and collaborating with other divisions on school accountability measures. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Research and Assessment for Milwaukee Public Schools where she directed student assessment, research, program evaluation, school improvement planning, professional development, and the district’s data warehouse. Deb retired from public service in October of 2016, and she now resides with her husband in beautiful colonial México.

Rob Meyer is EA’s founder and President. He is a research professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also founded the University’s Value-Added Research Center. Dr. Meyer is nationally known for his work on value-added modeling, evaluation methods, and strategic management of human capital. He has worked with school districts and local and state education agencies since the early 1990s to create and implement systems to evaluate and support student growth. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Meyer was awarded a Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship from the Council of Great City Schools in 2007 and received the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research in 2010.

David J. Steele is the former Chief Information and Technology Officer and Project Director for Hillsborough County’s (Florida) Empowering Effective Teachers initiative. Dr. Steele earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida, Master of Education at Harvard University, and Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. During his thirty-five year career he served the district as a high school math teacher, assistant principal, International Baccalaureate coordinator, high school principal, and General Director for Secondary Education. As Project Director for the Empowering Effective Teachers program, Dr. Steele was integrally involved in the design and implementation of Hillsborough’s teacher and leader evaluation and professional development systems.

John Cronin is the Vice President of Education Research at NWEA. He is an expert on issues related to testing and its impact on school accountability and teacher evaluation practices. Dr. Cronin specializes in consulting with school leaders on questions related to standards, accountability, and evaluation. He consults with organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Association of School Administrators, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and others on issues related to testing and accountability. At NWEA, he leads a team that is focused on research related to education policy and improvement of learning. His team has developed research partnerships with institutions such as Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Delaware, the Rand Corporation, and others.

William H. Clune is a Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus and was a longtime researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he served as the director of the Evaluation Resources Group (ERG). At WCER, Clune directed an evaluation of system-wide educational reform in four partner districts of SCALE, (System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators) a five-year Math/Science Partnership funded by the National Science Foundation. His research over many years involved school finance, program implementation, cost-effectiveness in education, special education, public employee interest arbitration, educational policy in China, systemic educational policy, and a variety of legal topics in constitutional law and interdisciplinary legal studies.

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