Taryn Hochleitner

Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy

Data use sounds technical, but it actually represents the simple yet important idea that we should understand and have constant feedback on what’s happening now to inform efforts to improve. Education is too important not to.


As a senior associate on the policy and advocacy team at DQC, Taryn helps identify, advocate for, and support changes to policy and practice that improve the ability of everyone with a stake in education to use data to make decisions. She focuses on the role of policy in creating the conditions that allow teachers to use data in service of student learning, and empower families with information so they can be partners in their children’s education. She also supports DQC’s work to inform the field about the policy landscape for safeguarding student data and to help state policymakers understand their role and what they can do.

Taryn believes it is necessary, and possible, to empower everyone who has a role in education with information they can use to take action. There are real challenges to making this a reality in all classrooms, communities, and states, and that’s why DQC’s work matters.

Before joining DQC in 2014, Taryn was a research associate for Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank. There she helped write and disseminate analysis and recommendations on a number of issues such as digital learning, parent empowerment, and school system reform. Taryn earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at American University.

When she’s not thinking and learning and debating about how we can make sure all kids have a quality education, her favorite places to be are on a hike, in a dance class, or watching a soccer game.