- Audrey Amrein-Beardsley
Arizona State University
AUDREY AMREIN-BEARDSLEY is an associate professor at Arizona State University. Her research interests include educational policy, educational measurement, and research methods, and more specifically, high-stakes tests and value-added methodologies and systems. She was recently named as one of the top 121 edu-scholars in the nation, honored for being a university-based academic who is contributing most substantially to public debates about the nation's educational system. She is also the creator and host of a show, titled Inside the Academy, during which she interviews some of the top educational researchers in the academy (http://insidetheacademy.asu.edu/).
Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2012). Value-added measures in education: The best of the alternatives is simply not good enough [Commentary]. Teachers College Record. Amrein-Beardsley, A., & Collins, C. (2012). The SAS Education Value-Added Assessment System (SAS® EVAAS®) in the Houston Independent School District (HISD): Intended and Unintended Consequences. Education Policy Analysis
- Joshua Barnett
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
JOSHUA H. BARNETT is the director of research and evaluation for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). His primary research focus is improving the quality of education for all students through reforming how teachers and principals are evaluated and how they are compensated. His additional interests include fiscal issues around equity, adequacy, and program evaluation. He has worked as a co-principal investigator on large-scale federal projects, as well as across districts and states to help construct educator evaluation systems and professional development programs. He has developed numerous program evaluations at the school, district, and state level. Before joining NIET, he worked at Arizona State University and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Massey University in New Zealand. His work has been recognized by invitations to be a keynote speaker to a variety of audiences and present his work through numerous national conference presentations and publications, including: Ritter, G. W. & Barnett, J. H. (2013). A straightforward guide to teacher merit pay: Rewarding and encouraging schoolwide improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Barnett, J. H. (2012). March Madness and the Inequity Conundrum [Commentary]. Teachers College Record.
- Tirupalavanam Ganesh
Arizona State University
TIRUPALAVANAM G. GANESH is an engineer and education researcher with research interests in teacher education, learning environments, and study of K-12 and higher education systems. He has an interdisciplinary PhD with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. He served as co-principal investigator and assistant dean for information systems (2006–2010) in the College of Education at Arizona State University when the university began the study reported in this article. He is Research Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, K-12 Education at the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He is developing a non-profit organization to support educators, school systems, and families with the aim of fostering innovation in teaching and learning. In January 2012, he presented to the National Academy of Engineering's iSTEM committee on the idea of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education (see http://www.nae.edu/File.aspx?id=55867). Ganesh, T. G. (2011). His scholarship includes: Children-produced drawings: An interpretive and analytic tool for researchers. In E. Margolis, & L. Pauwels, (Eds.), The Sage handbook of visual research methods. London, UK: Sage. Ganesh, T. G. (2007, April). Commentary through visual data: A critique of the United States school accountability movement. Visual Studies, 22(1), 42–47. Ganesh, T. G. (2002, Fall). Held hostage by high-stakes testing: Drawing as symbolic resistance. Teacher Education Quarterly, 29(4), 69-72.