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Invited Scholar Presentation by Dr. Daniel McCaffrey

Invited Scholar Presentation by Dr. Daniel McCaffrey

The Child Study Center
Training Interdisciplinary Education Scientists (TIES) Fellowship Program

Cordially invite you to an invited scholar presentation
“Value-Added Modeling (VAM) and Teacher Effects on Student Achievement”

Dr. Daniel McCaffrey
Educational Testing Service


127 Moore Building
Monday, March 25th, 4:00pm

Daniel McCaffrey is a Principal Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service. Previously he was a Senior Statistician and PNC Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. Dr. McCaffrey is one of the country’s leading experts on value-added modeling (VAM) and the estimation of teacher effects from student achievement data. He was the lead author on the widely cited 2003 RAND report discussing the potential values and concerns with using VAM to evaluate teachers. Dr. McCaffrey led RAND’s efforts on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Measures of Effective Teaching Project and has recently worked on three random assignment evaluation of teacher performance based pay through his collaboration with the National Center on Performance Incentives. Dr. McCaffrey’s current research focuses on the measurement of teaching using multiple measures including value-added and classroom observations. Dr. McCaffrey received in Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University in 1991. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has also conducted extensive methodological research on causal effects estimation and methods for estimating standard errors and testing hypothesis for complex clustered design.