Karen A. Levesque

Director, Center for P-12 Education


  • PhD, University of California, Goldman School of Public Policy
  • MPP, Public Policy (concentration in Human Services and Education), Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • AB (cum laude), Economics and Modern European Studies in History, Smith College.

Karen Levesque, PhD, is a national expert in transcript analysis, high school improvement and college readiness, career and technical education, and use of state longitudinal data systems for applied research. Dr. Levesque has more than 20 years of experience in education research and development, including directing large, complex projects and collaborations; conducting statistical analysis of national and state databases; developing and analyzing administrative data for research and improvement; and communicating about data and research to technical and nontechnical audiences. She currently directs the RTI program in K–12 school improvement.

Dr. Levesque oversees the analytic work for the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education, which involves collecting, compiling, and analyzing data from school, district, state, national, and federal sources to create multiple measures of performance and improvement in grades 3–12 related to student achievement on state tests, high school graduation, and college readiness. Recently, she was project director for the National Student Clearinghouse Pilot, a 2-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which sought to develop high-quality, actionable, data-driven reports and a web tool linking K–12 and postsecondary education data for use by schools, districts, and states to improve the college readiness and success of their students.