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Research and Science Policy Series

The Research and Science Policy Forum series focuses on important areas at the intersection of education research and science policy. All times are in Central Time. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, April 14

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

James L. Moore

The Role of Education Research in National STEM Education Priorities: A Conversation With National Science Foundation Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) Assistant Director James L. Moore III
Friday, April 14, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower- Ballroom Level - Grand Hall I

Moderator: Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan)
Speaker: James L. Moore (National Science Foundation)

This open discussion forum provides an opportunity to meet with Dr. James L. Moore, III, Assistant Director for the STEM Education Directorate (EDU) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Moore was appointed to serve as assistant director of EDU in August 2022, and noted upon his appointment, “I am very excited about the possibilities and ready to run the marathon at a sprinter's pace to put forth strong initiatives that build a robust, diverse, and inclusive STEM workforce throughout the country.”

This session will start with a brief talk from Dr. Moore. He will discuss important opportunities for the education research community and priority areas meriting attention, including the role of education research in strengthening STEM education across the lifespan and developing a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce. He will also describe emerging opportunities for partnerships – including the newly established Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Directorate. The provisions of the CHIPS and Science Act also provide opportunities for the education research community to be involved in national priorities in STEM teaching and learning. Moore will present his vision for the EDU Directorate and how this vision connects with broader conversations on equity in STEM.

This session is structured as an open discussion forum. Dr. Moore is interested engaged conversation with the research community—graduate students, early career scholars, and senior researchers alike—about investments and critical issues in education research whether or not they are yet on the agenda of NSF. This open forum will be moderated by Deborah Ball, who in January 2023 was appointed to serve a second term on the National Science Board (NSB).


National Science Foundation Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) Program Officers Roundtables
Friday, April 14, 11:40 am to 1:10 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower - Ballroom Level - Regency B

Chair: Evan K. Heit (National Science Foundation)
Participants: Amy L. Baylor (National Science Foundation), Michael J. Ford (National Science Foundation), Monya Aisha Ruffin-Nash (National Science Foundation), Jessaca K. Spybrook (National Science Foundation), Joan M.T. Walker (National Science Foundation), Asli Sezen-Barrie (National Science Foundation), Elsa LIliana Gonzalez (National Science Foundation), Wu He (National Science Foundation), Amy A. Wilson-Lopez (National Science Foundation), Andrea Nixon (National Science Foundation), Toya Jones Frank (National Science Foundation), Deena Khalil (National Science Foundation), Jennifer Ellis (National Science Foundation)

Meet with program officers from the NSF STEM Education (EDU) Directorate to discuss current funding opportunities and provide information about a variety of programs that support education research. Evan K. Heit, Division Director for the EDU Division of Research on Learning, will provide welcoming remarks.


Erin Higgins James A. Griffin
Evan K. Heit


Opportunities for Federal Research Funding: Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health
Friday, April 14, 2:50 to 4:20 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Hall GH

Participants: Erin Higgins (Institute of Education Sciences), James A. Griffin (National Institutes of Health), Evan K. Heit (National Science Foundation)

The Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education, the STEM Education Directorate at the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development within the National Institutes of Health are key resources of federal funding support for education research and development. Representatives from these agencies will provide updates on activities and funding opportunities of interest to education researchers.


Saturday, April 15

Mark Schneider

Bolstering Innovation in Education Research: A Conversation With Institute of Education Sciences Director Mark Schneider
Saturday, April 15, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower- Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom B

Speaker: Mark Schneider (Institute of Education Sciences)

Adam Gamoran Peggy Carr
Stephan Vincent-Lancrin Fernando M. Reimers

U.S. and Worldwide Perspectives on COVID: Priority Research Issues and Directions
Saturday, April 15, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower- Ballroom Level - Grand Hall J

Chair: Adam Gamoran (William T. Grant Foundation)
Discussant: Adam Gamoran (William T. Grant Foundation)
Panelist: Peggy G. Carr (National Center for Education Statistics, IES), Stephan Vincent-Lancrin (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Fernando M. Reimers (Harvard University)

As we evolve from the depths of the COVID pandemic, it is important to assess impact on student learning and socioemotional outcomes, consider inequitable factors and differential effects, and to anticipate what research and data are most important from the U.S. and worldwide perspectives. This symposium takes up these issues in terms of research priorities and evidence-based policy. The three panelists bring distinctive emphases. Dr. Carr will frame her remarks from the vantage of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and the PULSE Surveys that evolved during COVID. Dr. Vincent-Lancrin will present recent OECD evidence and highlight how different the US is compared to other OECD countries that have evidence (much more impact in the US than elsewhere). Prof. Reimer will speak from the vantage of his work on impacts, research, and policy implications from the world perspective, both global south and north. The three presentations aim to be catalytic allowing for discussion across the panel and with attendees.

Thao Thu Vo Susan Lyons
Ye Tong

State of the Field: Gender and Racial Equity in Educational Measurement (Joint Session With Division D, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and Women in Measurement)
Saturday, April 15, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Fifth Floor - Chicago Ballroom B/C

Presenters: Thao Thu Vo (Washington State University - Pullman), Susan Lyons (Lyons Assessment Consulting), Ye Tong (National Board of Medical Examiners), Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Nathan E. Bell (American Educational Research Association)

National employment reports show that while the demographic makeup of the workforce is now trending more female and racially/ethnically diverse than ever before, workplace inequities still persist in influential and well-compensated positions. The past three decades of employment reports within the educational measurement field mirrors these findings, making us question, what factors are holding women back from achieving parity with men? To address this question, Women in Measurement, AERA, and NCME have partnered to produce a first-of-its-kind study on workplace equity in the educational measurement community. Our study is the first to examine intersecting marginalized identity groups (e.g., women of color) and the field’s perceptions of employment diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. In this session, we will present our preliminary findings of a census survey administered to students and professionals affiliated with WIM, AERA, and NCME on key indicators including social identity, employment position, educational training, professional experiences, salary and perceptions of DEI.

Gary A. Orfield Angelo Ancheta
OiYan A. Poon Uma Madhure Jayakumar
Uma Madhure Jayakumar James D. Anderson

Will the Court Resegregate Our Colleges? Amid Troubled Waters, Can Research Show the Way?
Saturday, April 15, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower- Ballroom Level - Hall I

Chair: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association) 
Discussant: Gary A. Orfield (University of California - Los Angeles) 
Presenters: Angelo Ancheta (Santa Clara University), OiYan A. Poon (Spencer Foundation), Liliana Garcia (University of California - Santa Barbara), Uma Madhure Jayakumar (University of California - Riverside), James D. Anderson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Kristen L. Huff Michael C. Rodriguez
Doris Zahner Cara Cahalan Laitusis
Rochelle S. Michel Guillermo Solano-Flores


Revision of The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (Joint Session With the National Council on Measurement in Education)
Saturday, April 15, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Fifth Floor - Chicago Ballroom B/C

Moderator: Kristen L. Huff (Curriculum Associates, Inc.)
Presenters: Michael C. Rodriguez (University of Minnesota), Doris Zahner (Council for Aid to Education), Cara Cahalan Laitusis (Educational Testing Services), Rochelle S. Michel (Curriculum Associates), Guillermo Solano-Flores (Stanford University)

Under the auspices of the AERA-APA-NCME Standards Management Committee, the three organizations have begun taking the first steps in revising the 2014 edition of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. The Standards reflect the three organization's shard guidance on testing on such issues as validity, reliability, and fairness in testing, and reflect the highest ideals and expectations regarding test development, administration, use, and interpretation. Launching a new edition is a project that demands the expertise and input of diverse experts and stakeholders. This session held under the auspices of the Management Committee is one essential step in clarifying the scope, focus, and issues essential for consideration in the next edition of the Standards. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions, concerns, and wisdom to this joint AERA-NCME session.

Sunday, April 16

Ingrid Gogolin Marc Rittberger
Margaret Levenstein Courtney A. Bell
Gustavo E. Fischman Kirsti Klette

Data Sharing Across Multiple Languages and Multiple Global Perspectives
Sunday, April 16, 9:50 to 11:20 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Hall I

Chair: Ingrid Gogolin (Universität Hamburg)
Panelist: Marc Rittberger (DIPF Leibniz-Institute), Margaret Levenstein (University of Michigan), Courtney A. Bell (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Gustavo E. Fischman (Arizona State University), Kirsti Klette (University of Oslo)

With attention to data sharing as a key component of open science with high potential value for replication research and secondary analysis of work across the globe, this symposium will serve as a launching point for discussions of linguistic diversity in the process of data sharing. Participants representing a diversity of perspectives will consider current research on multilingualism and its potential application for sharing data across global regions. Topics for discussion will include the role of repositories; legal and ethical concerns; equivalences and complexities; and methods for fostering equity to encourage access, sharing, and use of data across multiple languages.

Thursday, May 4


AERN Education Research Trustworthiness, Justice and Democracy
Thursday, May 4, 4:15 to 5:45 pm

Chair: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association)
Discussant: Gustavo E. Fischman (Arizona State University)
Panelists: Daniela Véliz Calderón (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), Elizabeth Macedo (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), Pedro Alejandro Flores-Crespo (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro), Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles) 

Justice ideals, justice-seeking, and persistent and pernicious patterns of injustice are intertwined with attempts to diminish democratic politics across the Americas and the world. This symposium will feature representatives of the national associations of educational researchers of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the US to discuss how their organizations are addressing these issues through critical comparative considerations of patterns and possibilities in the Americas. The panelist will examine whether truthfulness and transparency can be protected and matter in educational institutions and settings, especially in higher education environments where knowledge, information, and ideas need to be nurtured and issued free of constraints. This symposium will also take up the questions of where and how education research can be used and relied on to engender an agenda of policy actions that promote and support justice-seeking, strengthening democratic processes, practices and ideas. Finally, participants in the symposium will challenge themselves to address what makes for trustworthy education research. This invited virtual symposium is co-sponsored by the Americas Education Research Network.