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Christopher T. Cross

Christopher T. Cross is a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy. In addition, Mr. Cross serves as a consultant to the Broad Foundation and the Stuart Foundation and is a member of the advisory board for the School Evaluation Service program of Standard and Poors.

From 1994 to 2002, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Basic Education (CBE). Before joining CBE, Mr. Cross served as Director of the Education Initiative of The Business Roundtable and as Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Cross chaired the National Assessment of Title 1 Independent Review Panel on Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education from 1995-2001 and the National Research Council Panel on Minority Representation in Special Education from 1997-2002. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Institutes for Research and on the board of trustees of Whittier College. He has just completed a six year term on the Board of International Comparative Studies in Education for the National Research Council, and chairs the National Council for Education and Humanities Development of George Washington University. From 1994-1997, Mr. Cross served as President of the Maryland State Board of Education. He has been a member of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning.

He has written extensively in the education and public policy areas and has been published in numerous scholarly and technical publications, including Education Week, Kappan, The College Board Review, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Cross has a B.A. degree from Whittier College and a Master of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Los Angeles. He is married to the former Diane DeRoche, has two children, and resides in Danville, California.

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