Mark Schneider, who has served as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s top statistical office since 2005, is resigning from his post to take a job at a leading Washington research organization.
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The NCES official is leaving to accept a job at the American Institutes for Research, a major research center headquartered in the nation’s capital. Before joining NCES, Schneider, 61, was a widely published scholar and professor of political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He was named deputy commissioner of the National Center for Education Research in August of 2004, and then was nominated by President Bush to fill the NCES commissioner’s post the following year. He was subsequently confirmed by Congress.
As of Wednesday, no official announcement had been made on who will replace Schneider, whose term was scheduled to end next year, according to the Institute of Education Sciences, which oversees NCES.