Nora Gordon


Georgetown University

NORA GORDON is a Professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Non-Resident Fellow of the Urban Institute, and a member of the FutureEd Advisory Board. She is an Associate Editor of Education Finance and Policy and the Journal of Human Resources. Dr. Gordon is the co-author of Common-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research (Harvard Education Press, 2020). She studies American education policy, with an emphasis on equity, the federal role in elementary and secondary education, and the use of evidence in policy and practice. Dr. Gordon has testified before Senate and House committees on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. She has served on the Institute of Education Sciences Expert Panel on the Study of the Title I Formula and DC’s state Title I Committee of Practitioners, and currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


Addressing Inequities in the US K-12 Education System

American public schools do not successfully prepare all students for careers or college. Significant disparities in educational outcomes by race, ethnicity, economic disadvantage, and disability are persistent. At the same time, outcomes for schools serving similar student populations vary considerably. Making equitable progress will require shoring up fundamentals throughout the K-12 system: how staff are ...