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Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross,  DIRECTOR

Liz Ross leads state policy for HCM Strategists’ K12 portfolio.  She has spent the past seven years working with state policymakers, business and advocacy leaders, parents, and educators to ensure states adopt and maintain college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments. During her time at HCM, she’s led an effort to analyze the standards, assessments and accountability landscapes of all 50 states in an effort to inform leaders about their states system and how to advance their policy agenda.

Ross is fully immersed in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the development of strong accountability plans.  She is working with the US Chamber, CCSSO and the state of New Mexico to create models for how to constructively engage stakeholders, identify gaps, and comply with the new law without undermining reforms that are already underway. On behalf of Learning Heroes, Ross worked with the National PTA, National Council of La Raza, and Military Child Education Coalition America’s Promise Alliance in a ten-state campaign designed to educate parents on the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests, including the components of the assessment and the critical role it can play in their child’s education.

Prior to joining HCM, Ross served as the Interim Director for the Common Core State Standards at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In this capacity, she led NASBE’s technical assistance and communications efforts supporting state boards of education on the adoption and implementation of the Common Core standards and aligned assessments. She also staffed the NASBE Teacher Workforce study group to develop recommendations for state board members to revamp educator preparation, recruitment, retention and compensation policies. Following her time at NASBE, Ross served as the Manager of State Chapters and Programs at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  Ross led the Association’s participation in two major initiatives to transform general and special education preparation policies to ensure candidates were prepared to teach to college and career ready expectations upon licensure.

In addition to her policy work, Ross has been involved in the special education community for over a decade. She is currently a coach with the Nova Cool Cats, an ice-hockey team for individuals with disabilities. Ross received her Master’s in non-teaching special education from James Madison University.


I serve as a support for the educational necessities of our system and as a tool for the change it needs in order to have a lasting impact. I operate with the fundamental belief that for every increment of performance I demand, I have an equal obligation to provide the resources to meet those demands. I want to be a part of the solace that students, teachers, and communities gain when they learn that the system is set up to serve their child.