Linda Darling-Hammond, who was widely rumored for a top job in the U.S. Department of Education, told me today that she is going to stay in California and support President Barack Obama’s agenda in her role as an education professor and researcher at Stanford University.
Darling-Hammond, who has done extensive research on teacher quality and international benchmarking, said she will be working to establish a new policy center at the University that will examine a variety of education redesign issues, including standards and assessments, teacher quality, and educational equity in the U.S. and abroad. She has also been asked to take a key role in an international performance assessment project, which will help advance the U.S.'s ability to work with other countries to develop better measures of learning, an Obama priority, she told me. Family concerns were also a major factor in her decision, she said.
Darling-Hammond was one of the first education advisers to then-Sen. Obama and helped developed his teacher residency proposal, which became part of his campaign stump speech. She also led his education policy transition team.