CDE Hires New Assessment Development and Administration Division Director

The California Department of Education has hired a new Director for its Assessment Development and Administration Division (ADAD). State Superintendent Tony Thurmond named Dr. Mao Vang to the post on Friday.

“Mao brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the CDE’s leadership team,” said Thurmond in a statement. “After more than 20 years of serving in various roles in education, she knows the important role of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and data in providing high-quality educational experiences to all our students.”

Dr. Vang has worked in assessment and research for the San Ramon Valley Unified and Sacramento City Unified school districts. For the past two and a half years, she has been Education Administrator at the CDE.

Dr. Vang earned a Master of Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she specialized in brain development research and family literacy. She later received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C. Davis and Sonoma State University.