Ben Hayes


Washoe County School District’s Chief Accountability Officer, Ben Hayes, has been working with public schools for twenty years, since completing his graduate degree in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2009, Ben Hayes helped create the district’s first Research and Evaluation Department dedicated to providing schools, the district, and the broader education community with data products, research, and support needed to make effective decisions based on high quality, user-friendly data. He oversees assessment, student voice, research and evaluation, accountability, data products, and school performance planning for the District. Mr. Hayes is recognized as a state and national leader in accountability and data literacy. He leads and serves on a variety of state committees that inform accountability policy and practice, and has been invited to talks on the limits of test scores in teacher evaluation for the Education Writers’ Association, the Regional Education Laboratories in the West and Northeast, and the Nevada State Legislature. Mr. Hayes is a member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s Assessment Workgroup, and the Everyone Graduates Center’s Pathways to Adult Success project.