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Institute for Student Achievement names new president

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Princeton-based The Institute for Student Achievement, a division of ETS, announced Thursday it has named Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett its new president.

Wood-Garnett is succeeding Dr. Gerry House, who announced his retirement earlier this month after two decades with the company. Wood-Garnett will assume the role on July 25.

"Gerry House and ISA have done remarkable things for so many educators and young people in this country," ETS President Walt MacDonald said. "We are fortunate to have had the benefit of Gerry's skills, experience and passion for the ISA mission."

ISA has been part of ETS since 2013. House has been ISA’s president since 2000.

"My work at ISA has truly been the highlight of my professional life," House said. "I am going to miss the work and the people, but I am so encouraged that Stephanie Wood-Garnett is taking over the leadership. The mission could not be better served."

"For nearly 25 years, Dr. Wood-Garnett has helped teachers and school leaders support the academic, social and emotional needs of underserved students. Through her leadership in delivering systemic, programmatic and cultural change to underperforming schools and districts, Stephanie has opened new doors to learning and achievement. That's an excellent description of ISA's mission, which makes her the perfect successor,” MacDonald said.

"I've had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Gerry House and ETS working on key education initiatives. The mission of ISA reflects my personal commitment and drive for equity and improved outcomes for underserved students. I'm honored to join the ETS team and the talented professionals at ISA," Wood-Garnett said. "We have a solid institutional foundation to build on — I'm looking forward to the work!"

Prior to the Alliance, Wood-Garnett was a managing director at the NewSchools Venture Fund. Before that, she was the assistant commissioner of teach and leader effectiveness at the New York State Department of Education. She’s had other roles, including associate director/director of teacher and principal evaluation at the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership; executive director of exemplary programs for the Bellevue, Washington School District; and executive director for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

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