“We have so many underserved ethnicities and poor families all over the nation and we need to lift them up by advancing educational equity and by eliminating bias. Each child should have the same opportunity and access to high-quality education, regardless of their background.”
Tauseef Khan joined New Meridian in 2020 as the company’s first chief information officer. With two decades of experience in leadership roles at some of America’s best-known technology companies, he came to New Meridian determined to help the organization find the right balance between business innovation and operational excellence.
We talked to Tauseef about his eye-opening experience with technology in education, promoting equity-based education for students, and what #MyNewMeridianWay means to him.
What initially drew you to New Meridian?
I connected with New Meridian’s mission to advance the quality of public education for all students, regardless of their background, and to improve student learning and advance educational equity, eliminating bias, unfairness, and stereotypes. Advanced technologies help accomplish this by enabling us to provide a richer, more authentic testing experience for all students.
What personal connection do you have to education?
I watched my 15-year-old son encounter educational challenges during the pandemic, and I saw how the entire education industry was not prepared for large-scale remote learning. The sheer lack of a robust digital ecosystem was an eye-opener for me. I also see this as a huge opportunity to make a positive impact by helping develop the next generation of educational assessment systems that are more student centered. Technology can help democratize access to high quality content and instructions by giving the opportunity to all students by allowing learning anywhere and at their own pace. Artificial intelligence-based systems will play a pivotal role in transforming the education assessment process in order to make it adaptable to the needs of the students and improved outcomes.
What does equity in education mean to you?
Equity in education is of paramount importance because it recognizes students’ different needs and talents. Each student should have access to a tailored, quality education based on those needs. This is the only way they can develop to their full academic and social potential. This will also ensure equally high outcomes for all students regardless of any racial, cultural, economic, or social factors.
I saw it firsthand in India, where several organizations are driving an educational change to lift children up from low-income families. In these villages, the children face poverty and have no access to education. Now, we see example after example of very talented students emerging out of these remote villages of India because they are being given access to equity-based education.
Which New Meridian value resonates most with you?
I value how at New Meridian we believe quality assessments are a critical lever for expanding equity in education. We have so many underserved ethnicities and poor families all over the nation and we need to lift them up by advancing educational equity and by eliminating bias. Each child should have the same opportunity and access to high-quality education regardless of their background.