Rochanda Jackson is the Executive Director of the Office of Policy, Planning, Evaluation and Testing. Her professional expertise is in leading large, urban school districts in the implementation of high quality data management and student assessment systems. As the OPPET Executive Director, Rochanda manages the work of four district teams, Student Information Systems, Enrollment, Testing and Strategic Data and Analysis. Prior to her current role, Rochanda served as Senior Manager of Assessment Administration in Denver Public Schools. For five years, she oversaw the successful implementation of high stakes online and paper based assessments across over 200 schools with 90,000 students, establishing index models to evaluate risk and build tiered support systems to partner with schools to ensure course correction.
Rochanda’s work in Denver punctuated focal themes and professional values from her prior positions as a founding partner of Rise Now, an educational consulting firm, and as the Newark Board of Education’s Supervisor of the Office of Policy, Research and Assessment. In both roles which cover a decade, she used quantitative and qualitative analysis to provide strategic counsel on the efficacy of district, state and community structures intended to support public school systems in meeting the challenge of making data accessible to inform strategic planning for instruction and professional development.
Rochanda started her professional career as an education researcher and operations analyst. At Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), she supported several national education reform evaluations, including Project GRAD, Career Academies and Accelerated Schools. She was also a key member of the Education Unit at the Wallace Foundation, helping to oversee the national scale-up of a $150-million-dollar investment in states and districts to improve leadership quality in public schools.
Rochanda is a proud Newark Public Schools graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College. She also earned a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, where she was named Philip Moseley Fellow for her work in urban education.