Jennifer Sattem

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Vice President, Policy & Research

Jennifer Sattem joined Achieve in June of 2017. As Vice President for Policy & Research, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing Achieve’s strategy for working with states to help them develop, enact and sustain college-and career-ready policies and initiatives. This includes working with states in developing assessment and accountability systems and increasing alignment between the P-12 and higher education systems to support the goal of college and career readiness for all students.

Jennifer has an extensive background in college- and career-ready policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the areas of assessment, accountability, reporting, and postsecondary engagement. She most recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary John B. King. She worked on the development of federal regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for assessments and data and reporting, and she led the Department’s initiatives to expand and sustain Next Generation High Schools.

Prior to her work at the Department, Jennifer was a Fellow for Multiple Pathways and Postsecondary Engagement for the Regents Research Fund at the New York State Education Department. In this role, she led the development of statewide initiatives to offer multiple pathways to graduation and postsecondary readiness, implemented a strategic engagement effort with New York State’s postsecondary institutions to establish new policies for supporting the alignment of college- and career-ready standards, assessments, and placement policies, and led the state’s transition to computer-based testing. She started her career at an elementary school in central Texas.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University.  


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