Hanseul Kang has led the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District of Columbia’s state education agency, since 2015. Under Kang’s leadership, the District of Columbia has continued to make major strides in student achievement outcomes and OSSE has taken important steps to sustain, accelerate, and deepen this progress across DC. OSSE has made multimillion-dollar investments in and launched significant new supports for early childhood education that have led to improved quality and expanded access for children and families across the District. Kang spearheaded work to develop DC’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan and new DC School Report Card. The report card will, for the first time, give families the opportunity to learn about the performance of every public school and public charter school in the District of Columbia. Kang also launched a Start of School Campaign to transform the way local education agencies and schools experience the start of the school year, and better equip them with information and resources to get off to a great start with their students.
Kang previously served as chief of staff for the Tennessee Department of Education from 2011 to 2015, as the state implemented major policies and programs under Race to the Top and made significant gains in student achievement outcomes. Before that, Kang worked as a managing director of program in Teach For America’s DC regional office, managing a team of instructional coaches supporting teachers across DCPS and DC public charter schools. She started her career as a high school social studies teacher in rural New Mexico. Kang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in international politics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and was a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.