Dave Cooke is the Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
Dave Cooke of Windsor, was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for 20 years, serving in numerous capacities. In the early 1990s, he served as Ontario’s Minister of Education and, during this time, he established the Royal Commission on Learning, which led to the creation of EQAO. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network and is a member of the Windsor-Essex Development Commission Board. Before that, he served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor.
Dr. Richard Jones has worked in the field of large-scale student assessment for three decades. He joined the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) when the agency was established in 1996. During his career at EQAO, he has served as Project Manager for National, International and Special Projects and Director of Assessment and Reporting. Before coming to Ontario, he was Director of Assessment and Evaluation with the Saskatchewan Department of Education and Coordinator of Provincial Learning Assessment and Assistant Director of the Provincial and Scholarship Examination Program with the British Columbia Ministry of Education. In these roles, his responsibilities included designing and implementing initiatives related to student evaluation, program evaluation, curriculum evaluation, provincial learning assessment, school and school board improvement planning and accreditation, education quality indicators and national and international testing. Dr. Jones has conducted numerous program evaluation projects in the public and private sectors in Canada and abroad.
Prior to working in the field of assessment and evaluation, Dr. Jones served as researcher and senior manager for an American-based consulting firm on projects based in the Middle East. He has several years of teaching experience at elementary, secondary, community college and university levels in Canada and Africa. Over the years, he has consulted, made presentations at conferences and authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on assessment and evaluation topics. In recent years, he has published two professional books on large-scale assessment and program evaluation, as well as three books on personal-interest subjects.