Margaret Heritage

Margaret Heritage, Co-Investigator


Margaret Heritage is a Senior Scientist at WestEd. She also leads the data use program of the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center. Her current work focuses on two main areas: data use, particularly formative assessment and on the development and assessment of academic language for English Learners. She has published extensively and made numerous presentations on data use and formative assessment all over the United States and in Europe, Australia and Asia.


Prior to joining WestEd, she was Assistant Director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Prior to joining CRESST, she had many years experience in schools in the U.K and the U.S., including a period as a County Inspector of Education in the U.K., and as Principal of the University Elementary School, the laboratory school of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Heritage was also member of the faculty in the Department of Education at the University of Warwick, England, and in the U.S. has taught courses in the Departments of Education at UCLA and at Stanford University.


Her most recent publications include a co-authored paper, published in Education Measurement: Issues and Practice, on teachers use of formative assessment evidence (2009), a contribution on student self-assessment to a special issue of the National Middle School Association Journal (2009), a paper co-authored with W.J. Popham on professional development for formative assessment use, published by the Educational Testing Service (2008), and a co-authored a book with Alison Bailey, Formative Assessment for Literacy and Academic Language, published in 2008. Her latest book, Formative Assessment: Making It Happen in the Classroom (2010), is published by Corwin Press.