Michael T. Nettles is Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of ETS's Policy Evaluation & Research Center (PERC), and heads up the Early Childhood Research Center. Nettles has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement, educational equity, and higher education finance policy. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement and assessment at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels.
His current professional activities include serving as a member of the National Research Council Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA). Nettles is a member of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center on Research on Teaching and Learning (CRTL); the Joint Advisory Board for Education Research Centers in the state of Texas; the Board of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) at the University of Southern California; the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA), Inc.; the Harvard University Medical School's Office of Diversity and Community Partnership Research Council; and the Advisory Board of the Community Links Foundation. Nettles also served for a decade on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Nettles earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. He received a master's degree in political science and higher education, and a Ph.D. in education from Iowa State University.