Dr. Bari Erlichson is the current Assistant Commissioner/Chief Performance Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education. Dr. Erlichson oversees school and district performance and accountability, the development of the state’s student-level, longitudinal data system, and research
and evaluation efforts at the New Jersey Department of Education as its Chief Performance Officer. Dr. Erlichson has conducted research in many topic areas, including school reform, education policy implementation, school funding, and governance. Prior to joining the department, she taught fifth grade in Plainfield, New Jersey after having been a student teacher in the Newark Public Schools. The Assistant Commissioner holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A. in Education Administration and Policy from the Stanford School of Education, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.