State Education Fellow

Ajit Gopalakrishnan


Chief Performance Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education

Ajit is the Chief Performance Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). In that capacity, he oversees data collection, student assessment, psychometrics, data warehousing, reporting, research/analyses, and school/district accountability functions for the CSDE.

During his tenure, the CSDE has successfully developed and implemented a new data warehouse and reporting platform, revamped the school and district accountability system, and implemented the Smarter Balanced assessments. He has directed research, analyses, and evaluation activities to transform data into actionable information and guide decision-making by the State Board, Department offices, local districts, and community agencies.

Prior to assuming this role, he worked for over 15 years in the field of adult education and literacy where he managed initiatives focused around content standards, assessment, data collection, reporting, andaccountability. He also served as the state’s GED Administrator.

Ajit has published several articles on topics such as learner retention, accountability, growth, and technology.