Elliott Asp, Ph.D.
Interim Colorado Commissioner of Education (July - December 2015)
Dr. Elliott Asp has more than 40 years of education experience in Colorado. Before assuming his role as interim commissioner of education in July 2015, he served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner at CDE. Prior to joining the Department he was an assistant superintendent in the Douglas County and Cherry Creek School Districts and has held central office positions in Littleton and Aurora public schools. He has been a classroom teacher in traditional and alternative settings, curriculum developer, university professor, and an administrator at the building and district level.
He has contributed to books, edited volumes, and research and professional journals on a wide variety of subjects. Dr. Asp has consulted with school districts and educational agencies in a number of states on standards-based education and assessment design, and has made numerous presentations to state and national audiences.
He has also served on a variety of state advisory boards and committees including: the Standards and Assessment Implementation Council (SADI), the Technical Advisory Committee for the Colorado Student Assessment Program, the Technical Advisory Group for Longitudinal Growth, and the Governor’s P20 Education Advisory Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Colorado at Boulder, earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Colorado and received his Ph.D. in educational administration and human development from Penn State University.