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Director Brian Gill, Ph.D., J.D.

Director Brian Gill, Ph.D.Brian Gill, Ph.D., J.D., is a senior fellow at Mathematica and director of REL Mid-Atlantic. Dr. Gill is a national expert on charter schools, educator evaluation, and school accountability.

He has worked extensively with state and district officials in the region on educational improvement efforts. Dr. Gill’s research includes rigorous, nationwide examinations of the management and effectiveness of different types of charter schools, and analysis of measures of educator effectiveness based on professional practice, student feedback, and student achievement growth.

His work on accountability regimes in education includes a federal study of the implementation of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including its provisions related to accountability and efforts to improve low-performing schools. Recently, he was lead author on a study of the implications of behavioral science research for accountability in schools, describing the ways that accountability can be broadened beyond high-stakes testing.

Dr. Gill has served as an advisor on a number of studies and commissions, including the first study of the predictive validity of new, Common-Core-aligned assessments, assisting Massachusetts in its decision about using the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. Dr. Gill publishes in a number of well-known journals and regularly writes blog posts and op-eds about education policy for nonacademic audiences.