Dr. David Driscoll serves as Chair of the National Assessment Governing Board and formerly served as the 22nd Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1998 to 2007. He also served as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Dr. Driscoll's career in public education and educational leadership spans more than four decades. A former secondary school mathematics teacher, he was named Melrose Assistant Superintendent in 1972 and Superintendent of Schools in the same community in 1984. He served in that role until 1993, when he was appointed Massachusetts Deputy Commissioner of Education, just days after the state's Education Reform Act was signed into law. He became Interim Commissioner of Education on July 1, 1998, and was named Commissioner in March 1999.
As Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Driscoll played several key leadership roles, including as the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation's Partnerships Advancing the Learning of Mathematics and Science (PALMS) in Massachusetts. As Commissioner, Dr. Driscoll oversaw the development of the state's curriculum frameworks, implementation and expansion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, development of the Massachusetts School and District Accountability System, and development and administration of the Educator Certification Test and new licensure regulations. These initiatives and others led to consistent annual improvement in student achievement as measured by state tests, national measures, and international tests. In 2005, Massachusetts was the first state to earn the highest scale score in the nation on all four National Assessment of Educational Progress exams.
Dr. Driscoll earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Boston College, master's degree in educational administration from Salem State College, and his Ph.D. in education administration from Boston College.