Joseph Frey, Senior Associate, National School Reform, is responsible for key CTAC education initiatives relating to teacher evaluation, teacher licensure and certification, performance-based compensation, state-to-district and state-to-school assistance, and college readiness. He also coordinates CTAC’s higher education initiatives. Joe previously served as the deputy commissioner, New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Higher Education. In this capacity, he oversaw 271 colleges and universities and over 450 non-degree-granting proprietary schools. His prior positions included the associate commissioner, NYSED, Office of Higher Education, and assistant commissioner, NYSED, Office of Quality Assurance. He developed the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program and a data-driven Statewide Plan for Higher Education that engaged all four sectors of higher education (SUNY, CUNY, independent and for-profit colleges). Joe was a lead collaborator on the development of the Regents’ Teaching Policy; he was also responsible for implementing the policy and developing the first alternative teacher preparation program in New York State’s history.