Jo-Anne Baird

University of Oxford

Jo-Anne is Director of the Department of Education at Oxford University.

Jo-Anne’s research interests are in educational assessment, including system-wide structures and processes, examination standards, marking and assessment design. She takes an active interest in research impact and knowledge exchange with government and industry partners.

Currently, she is a member of Ofqual’s Standing Advisory Group and is Chair of AQA’s Research Committee and has advised a number of other governments and international bodies, such as the OECD. In 2016-17 she was the Standing Adviser on Education to the UK parliament’s House of Commons Select Committee on Education.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Review of Education journal and the International Advisory Board of Assessment in Education: principles, policy & practice. She has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Bergen and Queen’s (Belfast). From 2013 to 2015 she was President of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe.

Before coming to Oxford, Jo-Anne held academic posts at the Institute of Education, University of London and the University of Bristol.

Jo-Anne previously held the position of Head of Research at the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, where she managed the research programme and was responsible for the standard-setting systems for public examinations.

Her first degree and doctorate were in psychology and she has an MBA.

Her current research projects include Setting and Maintaining Standards in national examinations, Examination reform: the impact of modular and linear examinations at GCSE, Assessment for Learning in Africa (AFLA), intelligent accountability and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study England national centre.