Dr. Bonnie Strykowski is currently an analyst and program evaluator in the Department of Research and Evaluation at Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Arizona. Dr. Strykowski worked in Prek-12 public education serving as Director of Accountability, Research, Evaluation and Testing departments in public school districts in Illinois and Ohio. Dr. Strykowski has taught graduate level courses in Research and Assessment. She has over two decades of experience with psychological and educational testing. She a Past President for both the National Association of Test Directors (NATD) and the Directors of Research and Evaluation (DRE).She is a member of the Arizona Educational Research Association (AERO) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Term: 2017 – 2018
Geoffrey Maruyama is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His research has focused on achievement processes in schools, on research methods for educational and other applied settings, and on action research approaches and engaged scholarship in challenged communities. He has written Research Methods in Social Relations (8th Edition, with Carey Ryan, 2014), Basics of Structural Equation Modeling (1998) and Research in Educational Settings (with Stanley Deno, 1992), and numerous articles and chapters. His teaching has focused on social psychology and education, and research methods and applications of statistical methods. His engaged work has included four years directing the Research, Evaluation, and Assessment office of the Saint Paul Public Schools, and a year co-directing the U of MN Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center. He has held a number of central administration positions at Minnesota, including Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, and has been president and secretary treasurer of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Geoff is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.
Immediate Past President
Term: 2017 – 2018
Sacred Heart University’s College of Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Leadership
Leigh Bennett has served as a Testing Specialist and Testing Supervisor for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools for the last 9 years. Loudoun is one of the largest school divisions in the state with 87 schools and over 77,000 students. She is responsible for division-level administration of state and federal assessments including gifted assessment, English Language Proficiency assessment, cumulative state assessments (SOL tests) and alternate/alternative tests. Her office works collaboratively with the Research Office to produce various reports summarizing and analyzing benchmark assessments, student growth assessments and performance-based assessments. She is always looking for ways to implement technology into office practices and student assessment experiences, as well as improving service delivery for schools.
Term: 2017 – 2020
Elvia Noriega is the Executive Director of Accountability and Continuous Improvement for the Richardson Independent School District. Elvia currently serves as a board member for the Texas Assessment Association (TAA) and as the Data Council Chair for the Dallas County Commit Partnership. She also serves as a member of the Texas Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) which is tasked with making recommendations for the Texas Accountability system for 2013 and beyond. Elvia was born in Lubbock, Texas and graduated as Valedictorian from Estacado High School in 1991. She attended Texas Tech University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1995) and her Master’s degree in Statistics (1997). She moved to Dallas in June of 1997 and worked as an Evaluation Specialist for Dallas Independent School District. In August of 1999 Elvia went to work for Richardson ISD as an Assessment Analyst and began teaching developmental math courses at Richland Community Collage as an adjunct faculty member. In 2002, she became the Director of Data Analysis and Reporting for RISD until 2007 when she began serving in her current position. She continued teaching at Richland College until 2004 when she began her family. Elvia and her husband, Alex, have three children, Andrew, Mark, and Nia, who all attend Texas public schools. She is passionate about education and the future it has to offer
Executive Director, Accountability & Continuous Improvement
Richardson Independent School District
Term: 2017 – 2019
Jennifer McCreadie is now retired after heading the research, evaluation, and assessment units for the Madison, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis school districts for twenty years. She continued to follow national and state trends in assessment and accountability through conducting a range of program evaluations for school districts and universities, supporting SEAs, reviewing policies for assessing and accommodating English language learners, and encouraging use of assessment data for instructional decisions and peer review as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Evaluation at The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education. She also taught graduate courses in research and evaluation methods at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Syracuse University. Jennifer has served as president and secretary of the Directors of Research and Evaluation and was an NAAD board member 2013-2016.
Kyndra V. Middleton, Ph.D. is associate professor and Educational Psychology Program Coordinator at Howard University in Washington, DC where she teaches graduate-level statistics and measurement courses. She also serves on Howard University’s Institutional Review Board. Additionally, she was awarded an Education Pioneer Fellowship for the 2015-2016 school year where she worked for the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board as a data analyst. Her research focuses on issues related to test score validity as well as motivation and mathematics achievement. To disseminate her research, Kyndra has presented numerous papers at international, national, and local conferences and has authored or co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Assessment Directors, Kyndra is a member of NCME, AERA and APA. As a proud alum of The University of Iowa (MA and PhD in Educational Measurement and Statistics) and Florida A&M University (BS in Mathematical Sciences), Kyndra is also active and serves in leadership positions in the local alumni chapters of both universities. Education is Kyndra’s passion, and she has dedicated her career to ensuring the invisible become visible and the voiceless receive a voice.
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Adrienne Y Bailey is currently Senior Consultant with the Panasonic Foundation where her primary assignment is providing startegic coaching and equity solutions to leaders in the Elizabeth (NJ)and HIghline (WA) school districts. She also serves as an advisor to donors in the area of strategic philanthropy. Prior work includes: Senior Liaison at Stanford University’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education/LEADS where her focus was on high school redesign working with leaders in the Dallas Independent School District, ExEL coach, Harvard University where she concentrated on improving teaching and learning in the Worcester (MA) public schools and Program Manager, Stupski Foundation with responsibility for strategic implementation in the areas of accountability, literacy, communications/community engagement and leadership development in East Baton Rouge and Cleveland school districts. Previously, Bailey was Study Director for the Standards and Assessment Partnership at the Consortium for School Research, University of Chicago; Senior Consultant, Council of Great City Schools; Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Chicago Public Schools, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College Board. Ms. Bailey has written and spoken widely on issues of academic standards, assessments, equity and aligned instructional systems. She holds a master’s in Education Sociology from Wayne State University and a doctorate in Education Administration from Northwestern University.
Dr. Faith Connolly is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium where she leads strategic development to expand the consortium by through communication, dissemination, raising funds, managing research teams and partnerships, and working with BERC’s Executive Committee and Advisory Committees to shape future research agendas and priorities. Her past professional experiences include being a dropout prevention mathematics teacher, assistant to the chief of accountability for Baltimore City Public Schools (2001-2004), director of accountability for Montgomery County Public Schools (2004-2007), and has served as the vice-president of the American Education Research Association Division H, Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools, as well as held leadership roles in the Directors of Research and Evaluation and National Association of Test Directors.
Graduate Student Representative
Sarah D. Newton is a Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment doctoral student in the Neag School at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Her research interests focus in: affective instrument design; factor analysis, reliability, and validity; latent variable modeling; information criteria performance in multilevel modeling contexts; and both student- and program-level assessment. She currently serves as the Data Manager for the GlobalEd 2 project (globaled2.com), and has taught graduate-level courses, including Principles and Methods in Educational Research. Sarah also serves as Co-Chair of the AERA Division H Exhibits Booth Committee. And, she continues to voluntarily consult with UConn’s Institute for Student Success to investigate longitudinal trends in the graduation and attrition of female STEM majors. She is currently an active member of the American Educational Research Association, National Council on Measurement in Education, and Northeastern Educational Research Association. Sarah previously served the National Association of Assessment Directors as Graduate Student Board Representative, from 2012-2014.