Dr. Kathryn Dunlap named OSDE deputy superintendent of assessment, accountability


Kathryn DunlapOKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 25, 2016) – Dr. Kathryn Dunlap has been named deputy superintendent of assessment and accountability at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). In her cabinet-level positon, she will oversee Oklahoma’s state testing program and school accountability measures.

She is returning to the OSDE after serving as assistant state superintendent for school improvement in 1995-2003. Since 2003, Dunlap has held multiple leadership and consultant positions in the field of assessment and worked for the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised Dunlap for her long-time dedication to public schools and unmatched depth of experience.

“It is an honor to welcome Kathryn Dunlap back to our department. Dr. Dunlap is a proven education leader for schools, districts and states, and I am inspired by her dedication to the academic success of Oklahoma’s schoolchildren,” Hofmeister said. “Her seasoned expertise will help guide our continuing effort to ensure Oklahoma’s assessments and accountability measures are valid, useful and reliable. Students must always be our priority, and she understands that.”

Dunlap said she is excited to once again be serving Oklahoma students.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to directly serve the students of Oklahoma in this new capacity, and I can’t wait to get started,” Dunlap said. “I believe an efficient and responsive office of state assessments and accountability is an essential element to supporting academic success in our schools. As an Oklahoma native, I am honored to act as a resource for our schools.”

Dunlap’s educational roots run deep in Oklahoma. After a year-long stint at a school in Bogota, Colombia, she began her education career as a teacher in Mid-Del Public Schools before holding several district-level administrative positions for Mid-Del and Edmond Public Schools. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and her father Paul Sharp was president of the University of Oklahoma from 1971-1977.

Dunlap holds a doctorate in general administration from OU, a master’s of teaching degree for bilingual and English as a Second Language from Oklahoma City University, and bachelor’s degrees in history and French from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. In addition, Dunlap has been an assistant professor at the University of North Texas and State University of New York at New Paltz.

She has a daughter, Marny, who is a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and is medical director for the OU Children’s Physicians Latino Clinic, and a son, Dan, who is the Colorado state director for the Corporation for National Service.

Dunlap’s first day at the OSDE will be Jan. 26.

Last updated on January 25, 2016