List of Organizations (in alphabetical order) by ror63494

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									List of Organizations (in alphabetical order):

American Institutes of Research (AIR) - The AIR Assessment Program offers a
comprehensive and distinctive set of services within today's competitive educational
assessment landscape. AIR conducts extensive work in educational improvement, policy
research, and evaluation; by designing and implementing technically excellent
assessment development programs; and by developing scientifically sound accountability
systems. Researchers of Interest: Dr. Jon Cohen and Dr. Gary Phillips. Dr. Cohen is
Vice President and Director of the Assessment Program. His areas of expertise include
analysis of data from complex samples, parametric and non-parametric modeling, time
series, and measurement models. Substantively, he has dealt with primary and secondary
education, educational reform, adult education, economics of higher education, personnel
turnover, and economic issues arising from corporate mergers and regulation. Dr. Cohen
often reviews the more advanced statistical studies done at the organization, as well as
technical aspects of proposals and sample designs. Dr. Phillips is a Chief Scientist at
AIR. He served as the Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education from 1999 - 2002. Prior to
that Dr. Phillips served as the Deputy Commissioner. Previous responsibilities at NCES
include overseeing the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The
National Adult Literacy Study (NALS), and the Third International Math and Science
Study (TIMSS). He also was the architect, and served as the Executive Director, of
President Clinton's Voluntary National Test (VNT). His areas of interest are in structural
equation models, hierarchical linear models, item-response theory models and Bayesian
inference. He is nationally and internationally known for his expertise in large-scale
assessments and complex surveys. http://www.air.org/.

Buros Institute for Assessment Consultation and Outreach (BIACO) - BIACO
provides services that can independently verify assessment quality and provide added
credibility to defend programs against challenges. Proprietary testing programs continue
to receive focused attention from a variety of stakeholders. This attention places more
pressure on testing programs to demonstrate the quality of processes and validity of your
results. BIACO offers a range of services to assist testing programs with contract
monitoring, independent psychometric research, technical advisory committees, testing
program audits/accreditation, defending challenges and assessment literacy training.
Their activities include conducting audits/accreditation, psychometric research,
consultant/training and test development oversight. For over 65 years, the Buros Center
for Testing has been recognized as a leading independent monitor of quality for
commercially available and proprietary tests and testing programs. This independence
allows them to offer services to assist organizations in making better-informed decisions
about their programs. Researchers of Interest: Dr. Barbara Plake, Dr. Chad W.
Buckendahl, and Kurt F. Geisinger http://www.unl.edu/buros/biaco/html/about1.html

CRESST - The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student
Testing, CRESST, conducts research that improves assessment, evaluation, technology,
and learning. CRESST is a collaborative effort of several universities and research
organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Located within UCLA's
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, the Center for the Study of
Evaluation/CRESST has long contributed to the development of scientifically based
evaluation and testing techniques, vigorously encouraged the development, validation
and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and aggressively
explored technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice.
Researchers of interest: Dr. Daniel Koretz and Dr. Robert Linn (see above).
http://www.cse.ucla.edu/about/contact.html. Phone: 310-206-1532.

Measured Progress - Measured Progress offers full-service, customized, standards-
based general and alternate assessment programs at the state level, from design to
reporting, and everything in between including item and test development, paper-and-
pencil and computer-based administration, scoring of responses to the full range of item
types, analysis and reporting, and post-assessment advisory services. The Center for the
Assessment of Student Progress (CASP) at Measured Progress is dedicated to both
theoretical and applied psychometric research. The core of CASP is our Research
Frameworks that serves to guide initiatives and show how various psychometric concepts
are related to one another from a research perspective. Through our frameworks you can
learn about a variety of psychometric topics and research projects conducted at Measured
Progress. Measured Progress and the Center for the Assessment of Student Progress are
located in Dover, NH. http://www.measuredprogress.org. Phone: 603-749-9102, ext.
2192. (Note: this organization has recently become a FDOE contractor for the Alternate
Assessment for students with disabilities, but is not and never has been affiliated with the
FCAT program.)

National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc. - The Center
for Assessment, short for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational
Assessment, Inc. (NCIEA), was founded to address the changes currently underway in
assessment and accountability in the United States. The Center's mission is to contribute
to improved student achievement through enhanced practices in educational assessment
and accountability. To carry out this mission we work with states and other educational
agencies to design and implement effective assessment and accountability policies and
programs. The Center for Assessment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in
1998 by Richard Hill and Brian Gong. Researchers of interest: Charles DePascale, Jenn
Dunn, Karin Hess, and Scott Marion. The Center staff brings extensive experience in all
aspects of large-scale assessment and accountability, development, operations, and policy
formation. Five of the Center staff have worked in state departments of education. Center
staff members experience includes being president of a large test development company,
state assessment director, state director of gifted education, and director of psychometric
services for a private testing company. To date the Center has had contracts with over 25
states. Center staff have also served in national professional organizations, on national
boards, and worked extensively with agencies including NSF, CCSSO, and the U.S.
Department of Education. http://www.nciea.org/

Rand Corporation - The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps
improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Rand conducts
research and provides analysis to address challenges that face the United States and the
world. Today, RAND emphasizes several areas of research that reflect the changing
nature of a global society. Much of this research is carried out on behalf of public and
private grantors and clients. RAND also conducts its own RAND-initiated research on
issues that otherwise might not receive funding. All RAND work -every publication,
database, or major briefing -is held to rigorous and sometimes painstaking review
processes. Such exacting standards are the foundation of RAND's impeccable reputation
throughout the world. See Standards for High Quality Research and Analysis and RAND
Institutional Principles.

West ED - WestEd works extensively with schools and districts to gauge school and
student performance and make the best use of the results. We offer services in
development, implementation, and evaluation, and work with national, state, and local
clients on research-based solutions - each geared to best assess the performance of both
teachers and students. Researcher of Interest: Dr. Stanley Rabinowitz
(srabino@wested.org), Director, Assessment & Standards Development Services,
oversees program activities, directs assessment development for the Kentucky and
Nevada statewide assessment programs, and consults extensively with policymakers and
assessment staff at the national, regional, and state levels. He also directs the
WestEd/CRESST Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center. He has
authored a number of published papers on issues related to the use of integrated standards
and assessment systems in high-stakes state programs and worker-training initiatives.
http://www.wested.org/cs/we/print/docs/we/home.htm

								
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