Education researchers and policy experts Mark Berends, Laura S. Hamilton, Luis A. Huerta, and Ron W. Zimmer have been appointed as incoming editors of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA). Beginning with the 2013 volume year, the team of scholars will serve as editors for a three-year term.

EEPA, a multidisciplinary policy journal that focuses on educational evaluation, educational policy analysis and the relationship between the two, is published quarterly by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Appointed by AERA president Arnetha Ball, the new editors have extensive experience in teaching, researching, and publishing on education policy:

  • Mark Berends is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. Berends’ research is focused on the relationship of school organization and classroom instruction to student achievement, with special attention to disadvantaged students.
  • Laura S. Hamilton, Senior Behavioral Scientist and Research Quality Assurance Manager at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, is an educational psychologist with a specialization in psychometrics. Among her research interests are measurement of student achievement, measurement of instruction, and education reform implementation.
  • Luis A. Huerta is Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, and his research focus is school choice reform and school finance policy. His research pairs theory in organizational sociology and economics together with policy analysis frameworks, and aims to discover how school reforms affect equity and quality in schools.
  • Ron W. Zimmer is Associate Professor at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. His research interests include charter schools and education finance, and his research has led to publication of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs on these topics.

The new team will succeed EEPA editors Dominic Brewer, University of Southern California, Bruce Fuller, University of California – Berkeley, and Susanna Loeb, Stanford University, who conclude their term of service in 2012. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education.

Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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