Lynn Olson

Lynn Olson worked in the K-12 program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2017, serving as a senior program officer, senior adviser to the director, and deputy director for knowledge management and strategic alliances. Prior to joining the foundation, Olson was an award-winning writer and editor for over two decades at the national newspaper Education Week, and earlier in her career she was a writer, editor, and policy analyst at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Work by Lynn Olson

None of the Above: A New Vision for State Standardized Testing

Statewide standardized testing has played a central role in public education for three decades, providing insights into school performance and driving…

States Strategies for Scaling the Science of Reading

A commentary on states adopting science-of-reading policies and practices

The Reading Revolution: How States are Scaling Literacy Reform

A report on state legislative and policy changes to promote better literacy instruction

Teachers Like Us: Strategies for Increasing Educator Diversity

A report outlining the research and recommendations for building a more diverse teacher workforce

A New Bipartisan Education Agenda

A blueprint for new secondary and post-secondary pathways, based on students’ passions and purposes

Invisible Students: The Information Crisis in Early Education

How to build stronger early learning systems post-pandemic

How D.C. Public Schools Improved Teacher Quality, Diversity

Many states and school districts are working to bolster their teacher workforces as educators endure a third school year under the pandemic…

Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

The movement to introduce new indicators of school performance