David Silver is a fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His career has focused on promoting equity in K-12 education policy, practice and student outcomes through the use of quantitative research and evaluation. His current interest is in building a system of practical measures to support literacy improvement initiatives in public schools.
Over the course of his career, he has been the vice president of education at Impaq International (recently acquired by AIR), the founding director of RTI’s Center for Evaluation and the Study of Educational Equity, and a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, he held senior research positions at CRESST, UCACCORD, and the Yale Child Study Center. At the Gates Foundation, he oversaw evaluations of the largest domestic investments and authored the Foundation’s K-12 Evaluation Guidelines. More recently, he was the principal investigator of a 6-year NSF study of Math Identity and Co-PI of the IES Comprehensive Centers Evaluation. He also led the California University Eligibility Study commissioned by the California Governor's Office, the summative evaluation of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's deeper learning strategy, the Evaluation Engine software development project, The evaluation framework for Princeton University's Diversity Initiatives, and the evaluation of the Steven's Initiative Virtual Exchange Program, for Aspen Institute.
David received his bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University, his master’s in education policy and practice from Harvard, and his Ph.D. in advanced quantitative methods in education from UCLA.