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National Superintendent of the Year Is UW-Madison Alumnus

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Congratulations to 2018 National Superintendent of the Year David Schuler of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Illinois!

Schuler, who heads the state’s second-largest high school district, was Illinois’ finalist for the honor given by AASA, the School Superintendents Association. He is also an alumnus of an AACTE member institution, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

A former president of AASA, Schuler launched and still leads AASA’s Redefining Ready! program, which promotes the use of research-based metrics to assess students’ readiness for success in college, careers, and life. “He believes students are more than just a test score,” his AASA bio explains.

Even so, the ACT composite scores of students in his district have risen, as has the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests. Students also have access to an innovative internship program and early college credits, among other readiness programs championed by Schuler during his 14-year tenure.

Schuler has testified before Congress and engaged in state advocacy on college and career readiness and other topics. He is known for his expertise on closing achievement gaps, removing barriers to student success, and instructional technology, among other topics.

For more information, see the AASA award announcement.

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