Jessica Baghian is a former assistant superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education. There, Baghian led the state’s early childhood to grade 12 assessment and accountability work, early childhood strategy and operations, and research and analytics. She developed and implemented Louisiana’s nationally competitive statewide assessment, accountability, and performance systems for districts, schools, early childhood providers, and educators. Since implementation, record numbers of Louisiana students graduated in four years, graduated with postsecondary credentials, received state-funded postsecondary scholarships, and enrolled in college.
Baghian is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Harvard Law School. She began her career as a middle school math teacher in St. John Parish, Louisiana, and is a member of the fourth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program.