Last updated on: 5/22/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Vander Ark, MBA Biography

Title:
CEO of Getting Smart
Position:
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“Good schools know how every student is doing in every subject every day. They don’t need a week of testing in the spring to tell them what they already know…

One problem with state-mandated tests is that they don’t take advantage of everything teachers know about their students…

It’s time to end a century of standardized testing and focus instead on helping young people do work that matters. We no longer need to interrupt learning and test kids to find out what they know. A couple of brave state policy leaders could trigger what would be a quick change because everyone hates the tests.”

“How to Get Rid of Standardized Testing,” linkedin.com, Apr. 14, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, eduInnovation, July 2010-present
  • CEO, Getting Smart, July 2008-present
  • Partner, Learn Capital, 2008-2016
  • Executive Director of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 1999-2006
  • Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools, 1994-1999
  • Recipient, Distinguished Achievement Medal
Education:
  • MBA, Finance, University of Denver, 1984
  • BA, Mineral Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1981
Contact Info:
Phone
206-992-4592
Email
None found
Website
Profile
Other:
  • Author of Better Together, Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents
  • Twitter handle: @tvanderark
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?