Heather Hough

Current Position: 

Executive Director, CORE-PACE Research Partnership

Heather J. Hough is the Executive Director of the research partnership between Policy Analysis for California Education and the CORE Districts, a collaborative of nine California school districts who have developed a robust measurement and accountability system that represents nearly a million students. Before joining PACE, Heather was an improvement advisor with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, helping education system leaders use research and data to support continuous improvement. She has worked as a researcher with the Public Policy Institute of California, the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, and the Center for Education Policy at SRI International. Heather’s area of expertise is in district- and state-level policymaking and implementation, with a particular focus on policy coherence, system improvement, and school and teacher accountability. She holds a Ph.D. in education policy and a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University.