Michal Kurlaender is a professor of education policy at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on students’ educational pathways, particularly K-12 and postsecondary alignment and access to and success in college. Kurlaender works closely with all of California’s public K-12 and higher education sectors. She recently launched an Institute of Education Sciences–funded partnership with the California Department of Education to explore college and career readiness in the era of the Common Core State Standards. She serves as co-director of PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, as well as the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kurlaender received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2005. Her work has been published in various academic and policy outlets. She leads CAPR’s supplemental study on Early Start in California.