Ben Dalton

Senior education research analyst

Ben Dalton


  • PhD, Sociology, Duke University
  • BA, Sociology, Roanoke College
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Ben Dalton is an expert on college and career readiness with more than a decade of experience in education research and large-scale education studies. He directs research and data collection activities for the U.S. Department of Education and other public- and private-sector clients.

Dr. Dalton serves as project director for the Best High Schools Rankings, an annual performance rating of American high schools, for U.S. News & World Report. He also serves as project director supporting the NAEP High School Transcript Studies for the U.S. Department of Education. He is the associate project director for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education, which seeks to expand the understanding, increase the effectiveness, and improve the delivery of CTE instruction.

In the field of international education, Dr. Dalton is the associate project director for the U.S. data collection of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, an assessment of fourth-graders’ reading comprehension in approximately 50 countries.

Dr. Dalton has published research in Comparative Education Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Sociology of Education. He has authored numerous policy and analytical reports for U.S. Department of Education.

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