TJ Bliss is a Program Officer in the Education Program at the Hewlett Foundation. In this role, he oversees grantmaking to expand the reach and efficacy of Open Educational Resources (OER). Before joining the Foundation, TJ was the Director of Assessment and Accountability at the State Department of Education in Idaho. In this role, he served as the delegate for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of states working together to develop a next-generation assessment system to measure student achievement of deeper learning skills.
TJ earned a Ph.D. in Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation from Brigham Young University, and a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, he was a member of the Open Education Group, a research team focused on understanding the impacts of OER at all educational levels. He was also an OER Policy Fellow at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), where he conducted research on state education policies friendly to OER. TJ lives in San Jose, California with his wife and four children.