Dr. Goertz is a professor of education policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, where she specializes in the study of state and federal education finance and governance policy. Dr. Goertz has conducted extensive research on state education reform policies, state teacher policies, and state and federal programs for special-needs students. Her current research activities look at the impact of standards-based reform in elementary schools and high schools, the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and the interface between NCLB and state accountability policies. She also studies how school districts and schools allocate resources in support of standards-based reform. Dr. Goertz is a past president of the American Education Finance Association and was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Understanding the Influence of Standards in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.
Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty, Dr. Goertz taught at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and was a senior research scientist and executive director of the Education Policy Research Division of Educational Testing Service. She has also taught at Princeton University and the College of New Jersey.
Dr. Goertz has spoken and published extensively in the areas of state education reform. Her writings on state and local accountability have been published in the Peabody Journal of Education, in the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, and by Teachers College Press. She has co-authored or co-edited three books on school finance.