Robert Hammond

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Robert Hammond
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Colorado Commissioner of Education
In office
June 1, 2011 - Present
Years in position 4
PredecessorDwight D. Jones
Base salary$225,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedJune 1, 2011
Appointed byColorado Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBaker University
Master'sUniversity of Kansas
Office website
Robert Hammond is the current Colorado Commissioner of Education. Hammond was appointed to his position by the Colorado State Board of Education on June 1, 2011.[1]


Before becoming commissioner, Hammond was deputy commissioner of administration and operations from 2008 to 2011. He was chief operations officer for the Boulder Valley School District from 2001 to 2008 and, prior to moving to Colorado, was an associate superintendent for the Wichita Public Schools in Wichita, KS. Before working in education, Hammond was senior vice president of operations for Farm Credit Services in Wichita and held several city management positions in Norman, OK, Oskaloosa, IA and Parsons, KS.

Hammond holds a B.A. in psychology from Baker University and an M.P.A. in urban management from the University of Kansas.[2] [1]


  • B.A. in psychology - Baker University, Baldwin City
  • M.P.A. in urban management - University of Kansas, Lawrence[1]

Political career

Commissioner of Education (2011-Present)

Hammond assumed office on June 1, 2011. As the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the Board of Education, Hammond is not subject to periodic reappointment.


Common Core

See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative

Common Core, or Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Colorado State Board of Education adopted the standards in August 2010—prior to Hammond's appointment as commissioner—with implementation set to be achieved in the 2013-14 academic year.[3][4] Because the Colorado Commissioner of Education is appointed by, and serves as a non-voting member of, the board, neither Hammond nor his predecessor, Dwight Jones, who was among Common Core's architects, were directly responsible for the state adopting Common Core.[5] Despite not having played a role in Colorado's adoption of Common Core, Hammond, an outspoken advocate of the initiative, was a key player in the state's participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), a non-profit national testing consortium. In 2012, Hammond broke ranks with the board in his support of a measure requiring Colorado to become a governing member of PARCC or another consortium aimed at helping states comply with Race to the Top Federal Grant Program. The board, among other teachers, parents and local education authorities were concerned about the potential costs involved in making Colorado a governing state.[6] In 2013, amid a nationwide swell of backlash against some of the recently developed Common Core testing regimes, the Colorado Board of Education sought to block the renewal of the requirement binding Colorado to a multi-state consortium. Hammond opposed defection, asserting that PARCC was the "greatest assessment in the history of American public education."[7] With the consortium's survival riding on the continued commitment of at least 15 states, Hammond, a PARCC Governing Board leader, was accused of having a conflict of interest serving both as commissioner and on the PARCC board—a claim the state attorney general later dismissed.[6]



Hammond was appointed to his position on June 1, 2011, by the Colorado Board of Education.[1]

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Preceded by
Dwight D. Jones
Colorado Commissioner of Education
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