Ruth Curran Neild has been named Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Upon being named, IES Director John Q. Easton said, "Ruth has been a superb Associate Commissioner of Knowledge Utilization at NCEE and will bring her steady guidance and creative leadership to the Center."
As Commissioner, she will oversee NCEE, one of four centers in the Institute of Education Sciences. NCEE helps educators and policymakers make informed decisions about education programs through the work of its two divisions: Evaluation, which conducts large-scale evaluations of federally funded education programs and practices; and Knowledge Utilization, which supports locally developed research and evaluation projects and technical assistance on data use through the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories, and the synthesis and widespread dissemination of research through the What Works Clearinghouse, the National Library of Education, and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) online database.
Neild replaces Rebecca Maynard, who left in August.