Katherine Blasik, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the NAF. In this role, she facilitates and conducts research and evaluation studies grounded upon district and academy information, as well as student performance data. The work focuses on understanding the impact of college and career readiness for over 85,000 NAF students and nearly half a million of their peers in over 170 districts and 564 academies across the nation, as well as the best practices that result in positive student outcomes. In addition, she oversees Information Technology that enables customers’ real time access to tools and data that supports their work toward continuous improvement. This responsibility arrived after nearly 35 years overseeing research, evaluation and accountability in Broward County Public Schools, Florida as an Associate Superintendent. In this role, she has been part of varied studies with organizations such as the Council of the Great City Schools and the Institute of Education Statistics, as well as, through direct involvement with districts such as Minneapolis, Detroit, Charlotte-Mecklenberg, and Long Beach Unified. She had been appointed at the national level to membership on the Common Core Standards Review Committee, the Urban Research Task Force of the Institute of Education Sciences, the Council of Chief State School Officers Assessment Task Force, the Council of the Great City Schools’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Urban School Achievement, the Council of the Great City Schools’ Closing the Achievement Gap Research Advisory, as a Cooperative Fellow of the National Center for Educational Statistics, and the Education Research Services (ERS) Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board. She has published over a dozen articles in professional journals and has presented to state and national audiences, including the NAEP Governing Board, the National Center for Urban School Transformation and legislative hearings. She has taught at the university level for West Virginia University, Nova Southeastern University and Florida Atlantic University in leadership and statistics, and had experiences in teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels.