Brian Gill studies K–12 education policy, including charter schools, educator effectiveness, and the implementation and impacts of high-stakes testing and other accountability regimes.
Gill is one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of charter schools. He has led pioneering studies of nonprofit charter-school management organizations; online charter schools, and KIPP. Gill co-directed the first study of the effects of charter high schools on graduation, college enrollment, and earnings in adulthood; and the first study of the impact of charter schools on civic participation. Gill is also an expert on accountability regimes in education, serving as a principal investigator for the federal study of the implementation of ESEA. He was lead author on a study of the implications of behavioral science research for accountability in schools.
He directs the U.S. Department of Education’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, assisting educators and officials with high-priority projects, including the refinement of accountability systems and the development of improved measures of educator performance; he is one of the nation’s leading experts on the evaluation of school principals.