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Andrew J. Rotherham
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Co-Founder and Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve outcomes for underserved students. He is also a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and a senior editor at The 74, an education news and analysis publication. Rotherham writes the blog Eduwonk.com, teaches at The University of Virginia, and is a senior advisor for Whiteboard Advisors. Among other positions Rotherham previously served at The White House as special assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Clinton administration, as a member of the Virginia Board of Education, education columnist for TIME, and executive editor of RealClearEducation. In addition to Bellwether, Rotherham has founded or co-founded two other education organizations and served on the boards of several successful education startups.

Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 450 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on the boards of directors for the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia and The 74, and on the international board of directors for Classroom Champions, a Canada-based nonprofit that pairs Olympic and Paralympic athletes with high-poverty classrooms as mentors. Rotherham advises a variety of organizations including Upbeat, a data analytics company focused on teacher retention, and The National Young Farmers Coalition.

Outside of his professional work, Rotherham raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and he and his wife host a concert series featuring regional and national musical acts in a former one-room schoolhouse. He and his wife make their home in Virginia with their two daughters.

Experience at Bellwether:

  • Author of multiple influential reports, analyses, and other written projects
  • Advised dozens of organizations, including states, school districts, and nonprofits, on policy issues and strategy
  • Launched RealClearEducation.com and Teacherpensions.org
  • Helped lead growth of Bellwether itself from a start up to an established organization

Client segments served: state education agencies, policy organizations, foundations, intermediaries and networks, think tanks

Sample clients: Joyce Foundation, State of Louisiana, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, York Public Schools, 60 Minutes

Why I do this work: Improving education is integral to improving social mobility in America. 

Recent Media

Publication
Alex Spurrier
Chad Aldeman
Jennifer O'Neal Schiess
Andrew J. Rotherham

As a global pandemic interrupted purposefully designed systems of testing and accountability, we are left with critical questions: How does the underlying theory of standards-based accountability and its foundational goals of equity and transparency hold up decades later? What do key stakeholders need from these systems now? Given what we’ve learned from decades of successes and failures, how should these systems continue to evolve in the face of mounting political opposition?

Bellwether's series takes a step back to examine the past, present, and future of modern school accountability systems. We've also added three short resources to help state policymakers, advocates, and school and district leaders apply the lessons and ideas from these briefs to their work. Read the newest brief and takeaways at the link below: