Lucille E. Davy

Senior Advisor

As senior advisor, Lucille Davy plays a critical/instrumental role helping states navigate the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She started her career as a lawyer and adjunct professor of mathematics, a subject for which she received a bachelor’s degree and K-12 teacher certification for New Jersey. Lucille’s experience led her to serve as special counsel for education policy for the New Jersey governor’s office and as an education policy advisor for several entities, including the state’s Committee for Working Families. From 2005 to 2010, Lucille served as New Jersey’s commissioner of education, overseeing more than 2,400 schools in 600 districts that served 1.4 million children. Under her leadership, the department focused on early literacy and mathematics programs which resulted in narrowing of the achievement gap as measured by the NAEP, expanded high-quality, early childhood education programs, crafted a student weight-based school funding formula, revised high school graduation requirements and core curriculum standards, raised expectations for performance on statewide assessments, implemented standards for pre-service teacher preparation programs, expanded the number of charter schools, and created school-based professional learning communities and teacher leadership models. Lucille currently serves on the National Assessment Governing Board.