AERA and 2022 Amicus Brief Co-Signers
AERA and 2022 Amicus Brief Co-Signers

American Educational Research Association

Founded in 1916, the American Educa­tional Research Association (AERA) is the national sci­entific association for more than 24,000 members engaged in research on education. AERA aims to ad­­vance knowledge about education, encourage schol­­ar­ly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. The scientists and scholars in this inter­disciplinary field consider funda­mental prob­lems that relate to education across the life span and con­texts of learning. Researchers consider all aspects of education from the proc­esses of teaching and learn­ing, curriculum develop­ment, and the social or­gan­i­za­tion of schools and educational institutions to the effects of education on cognitive and so­cial capac­ity, human development, workforce preparedness, and health and at-risk be­haviors. AERA em­braces the role of improving the nation’s education research capac­ity by promoting application of sci­entific stan­dards, and by providing training prog­rams, research and mentoring fellowships, and semi­nars on ad­vanced methodological and statistical tech­niques. AERA publishes seven peer reviewed journals, issues Standards for Report­ing on Em­pirical Social Science Research in AERA Pub­­li­­ca­tions, promotes the highest standards for re­search in­teg­rity through its Code of Ethics, and pro­duces (in collaboration with the American Psych­ological As­so­ci­­ation and the National Council on Measure­ment in Education) the Standards for Educational and Psych­ological Testing. AERA has 12 research divi­sions, including in Postsecondary Education and Measure­ment and Research Method­ology.


American Anthropological Association

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world’s largest association for professional anthropologists, with over 9,000 members. Founded in 1902, AAA covers archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. 75% of members are employed in higher education or are students, and 25% of members work in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. AAA publishes 24 journals, offers career planning and professional development services, supports university departments, awards several prizes and fellowships, sponsors summer internships, a summer field school, and stages research conferences in the Fall and Spring each year. AAA has a public education initiative that highlights the contributions made by anthropological research to important and enduring topics such as race and migration. The Association belongs to a number of inter-organizational collaborations, including the World Council of Anthropological Associations, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the National Humanities Alliance, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

American Association for the Advancement of Science 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), founded in 1848, is the world’s largest general scientific society, representing 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, and serving 10 million individuals. AAAS fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; public engagement; and publication of the journal Science. AAAS is committed to promoting the highest quality standards for the conduct of science and engineering. AAAS supports accurately presenting valid and reliable science in all matters (including by filing an amicus brief in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993)). Consonant with core scientific principles, AAAS maintains that any scientific claim should be regarded skeptically until it has been subject to rigorous peer scrutiny. AAAS also expects scientific studies to reflect intellectual honesty in reporting research. Furthermore, AAAS is strongly committed to broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); a board-appointed committee advises AAAS in working toward this goal.

American Political Science Association 

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.

American Sociological Association

The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society. With almost 10,000 members, ASA represents faculty members and students in colleges and universities across the nation as well as sociologists working in research and other practice settings. 

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Founded in 1976, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) fosters schol­ar­­­ly inquiry of the highest standards of excel­lence for the purpose of increasing knowledge about and un­der­standing of higher education. ASHE works to ad­vance research and scholarly inquiry on all as­pects of higher education, including teaching and learn­ing, curriculum, students, faculty, organization, policy and social analysis, and finance. The Associ­ation’s more than 2,000 members include faculty active­ly in­volved in research and teaching; policy­makers and institutional leaders who contribute to framing, dis­semination, and use of research; and re­searchers in training. The Association promotes the development of the next generation of higher educa­tion scholars, policymakers, and leaders committed to excellence, relevance, and impact in research, teach­ing, edu­ca­tional programming, and provision of equity in op­portunities to learn. Through its annual con­ference and its peer-reviewed journals and report series, the Association advances research into key high­er educa­tion issues.

Linguistic Society of Ameri­ca

Founded in 1924, the Linguistic Society of Ameri­ca (LSA) is the major professional society in the U.S. that is exclusively dedicated to the advance­ment of the scientific study of language. Language is a defining characteristic of the human species and impacts virtually all aspects of human experience. For this reason, linguists seek not only to discover properties of language in general and of languages in particular, but also strive to understand the inter­face of the phenomenon of language with culture, cog­nition, history, literature, and other fields of schol­­ar­ship. The LSA plays a critical role in sup­port­ing and disseminating linguistic scholarship, as well as facilitating the application of current re­search to scientific, educational, and social issues con­­cerning language. With over 3,000 members, the LSA speaks on behalf of the field of linguistics and also serves as an advocate for sound educational and public policies that affect all segments of society.