The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement announced the release of a new policy brief authored by Dr. Jonathan Plucker, a member of the NCRGE research team. The brief entitled, Advanced Academic Performance: Exploring Country-Level Differences in the Pursuit of Educational Excellence can be downloaded from http://www.iea.nl/policy_briefs.html. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. It conducts large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement and other aspects of education, with the aim of gaining in-depth understanding of the effects of policies and practices within and across systems of education.
Does school matter? Most anyone’s response would be, unequivocally, yes.
Researchers Betsy McCoach, professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and director of research at NCRGE, and UConn Neag School alum Karen Rambo-Hernandez ’11 Ph.D., now assistant professor at West Virginia University, set out to examine the extent to which school impacts students’ levels of reading achievement over time.
With access to national data for a population of more than 170,000 students from 2,000 schools, McCoach and Rambo-Hernandez compared students whose reading test scores at the start of third grade ranked in the top 2 percent – a group designated as “initially high-achieving students” – with those students whose reading test scores at the start of third grade were among the average.
PhD level Research Associate Position at NCRGE in the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (http://ncrge.uconn.edu ) is seeking a quantitative researcher for a PhD level Research Associate position. The person in this position will work with The National Center for Research on Gifted Education and will supervise, plan, design, manage, and implement research and data analysis of a highly complex nature. Research Associates should have a PhD in education, statistics, psychology, or related field. Candidates should have a high level of expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantitative research methods, multilevel modeling, and/or longitudinal analyses of student growth data. In addition, candidates should have strong data management skills and a high degree of proficiency with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Candidates should also have experience preparing oral and written reports of research findings.
- PhD in education, statistics, psychology, or a related area • Extensive experience with data management and data analysis • High degree of proficiency with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R) • High level of expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantitative research methods, multilevel modeling, and/or longitudinal analyses of student growth data • Strong written and verbal communications skills
- High level of expertise with multilevel modeling • Experience managing and conducting analyses using large scale databases • Extensive experience conducting secondary data analyses • High level of expertise with longitudinal analysis • Experience preparing written reports of research findings • Some training and background in qualitative research and/or program evaluation
This is a full-time, end-date, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2015. The position may be renewed yearly based on funding. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of national travel. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply, complete an online application, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references). For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Del Siegle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by September 1, 2015. To apply, please go to https://hcmprodweb.psoft.uconn.edu/psp/HRPRCGA/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1
Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, please visit the website at http://ncrge.uconn.edu/ . Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2016040) This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 1, 2015.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .
Job description and application can be found at https://hcmprodweb.psoft.uconn.edu/psp/HRPRCGA/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1