W. Christopher Brandt, PhD has over 20 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher, college instructor, district administrator, and researcher. His expertise focuses on evaluation methods and balanced assessment systems. He recently worked with the Nevada Department of Education to evaluate their statewide assessment system. The project produced several reports and included recommendations for streamlining Nevada’s assessment system and supporting the federal peer review process. Dr Brandt also led an examination of North Carolina’s assessment and accountability system for the North Carolina Supreme Court, which supported the longstanding Leandro vs. North Carolina supreme court case. The final report included recommendations to improve North Carolina’s assessment system and proposed a dashboard of indicators for monitoring the state’s equity plans.
Dr. Brandt is a What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)–certified reviewer who has led numerous impact studies—including randomized trials and mixed-methods studies—for the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, state education agencies, and foundations. He was Project Director for the Department of Education-funded Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) evaluation support contract. In this role, Dr. Brandt led a team of experts to advise 13 SEED-funded programs on their evaluation designs and produce resources designed support more rigorous evaluation. He also served as co-PI for the National Comprehensive Center Evaluation, a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to increase state capacity to implement federal policies and evidence-based practice. From 2012-2014, Dr. Brandt was the Deputy Director and research lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory–Midwest, a $42 million research center funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Brandt received his PhD in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.