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Marguerite Clarke

Marguerite Clarke is a senior education specialist in the Human Development Network of the World Bank.  Previously she held academic appointments at universities in Australia and the United States and worked as a classroom teacher in the Irish and Japanese education systems.  Marguerite’s work focuses on equity and quality issues in education, particularly in relation to the development and use of large-scale testing and accountability systems.  In her current position, she oversees the World Bank’s global initiatives in the area of student learning assessment.  The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Spencer/Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellowship, and other awards, Marguerite has published extensively on the role of testing in educational policymaking, student learning, and high-stakes decision making.  She has a doctorate in educational research, measurement, and evaluation (Boston College, 2000); is a member of UNESCO's international expert group on university rankings; and is on the editorial board of the journal, Theory into Practice.