Category: Discovery & Impact

Title: Event: State of Education in Numbers Panel Discussion with Former Microsoft CEO and Founder of USAFacts Steve Ballmer

Date Published: March 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted lives, economies, and public health systems. How much did COVID-19 disrupt schooling?​ As we work to understand the short and long-term impacts, data science will play a critical role in guiding evidence-based decision-making.

On March 18, the McCourt School of Public Policy, Massive Data Institute, and hosted a virtual event discussing the current state of education in the United States and key findings from the State of the Union in Numbers, a report recently released by USAFacts.

Founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is a non-partisan nonprofit that aims to help Americans ground debates in facts by examining trends and creating accessible, data visualizations on topics such as US spending, revenue, demographics, and policy outcomes.

Welcome Remarks:

Maria Cancian, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

Speaker Introduction:

Fadhal Moore, MPP’21


  • Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and Founder of USAFacts
  • Olivia Martin, USAFacts lead Data Analyst
  • Nora Gordon, Economist and McCourt School Associate Professor
  • Maria Cancian, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy (moderator)