P. David Pearson is a faculty member in the Language and Literacy program at UC Berkeley's School of Education, and served as dean of the school for nine years, starting in July 2001. His current research focuses on reading instruction and reading assessment policies and practices at all levels — local, state and national. Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2001, he was the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at Michigan State, and co-director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA). Earlier, he was dean of the College of Education, co-director of the Center for the Study of Reading, and professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois. Pearson has served in leadership roles in the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. He has also served on the boards of many educational research journals, developed state tests, and has extensive expertise in literacy assessment. He has written and co-edited numerous books and articles about research and practice. He was also co-investigator for the National Academy of Education’s initiative on new visions of assessment in literacy and mathematics, 1995-1996.