Former State Superintendent of EducationDistrict of Columbia
Hanseul Kang is assistant dean and the first executive director of The Broad Center at Yale School of Management (SOM). Prior to that, she spent five years as superintendent of education for the District of Columbia (D.C.). The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in D.C. serves more than 90,000 students across approximately 60 local education agencies. During Kang’s tenure, the District continued to make major strides in improving student achievement. Specifically, D.C. demonstrated significant growth each year in the percentage of students scoring at college- and career-ready levels on rigorous state assessments for English language arts and math; made gains in both participation and performance on SAT and Advanced Placement exams; and saw the most growth of any state or urban jurisdiction in the country on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Under Kang’s leadership, OSSE spearheaded programmatic initiatives in early childhood education, expanded access to information for a range of stakeholders, and made core operational improvements. In 2018, OSSE launched the D.C. School Report Card. Developed in partnership with more than 4,000 family and community members, the report card provides, for the first time, the opportunity to learn about the performance of every traditional D.C. school and public charter school in a comprehensive and comparable way. Kang also oversaw the Start of School Campaign, which equips local education agencies and schools with information and resources to support a strong beginning to each new academic year.
Before her time at OSSE, Kang was chief of staff at the Tennessee Department of Education, as the state implemented major policies and programs under Race to the Top and saw significant gains in student performance. Previously, Kang worked for Teach For America, where she was a managing director of programs for the organization’s regional office in D.C. She led a team that supported middle and high school teachers in schools throughout the District and in Prince George’s County. Kang holds a bachelor’s in international politics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.