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PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder; MA, University of Colorado at Boulder; BA, Pomona College

Author of: The Future of Test-Based Educational Accountability (2008); Principals and Recommendations for Early Childhood Assessments (1998); Methods for Identifying Biased Test Items (1994); Flunking Grades: Research and Policies on Retention (1989)

Dr. Lorrie A. Shepard retired in May 2016 as University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). She will continue to serve CU in the capacity of Distinguished Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology. Shepard joined CU more than 40 years ago, first as a faculty member and then as Chair of the Research and Evaluation Methodology PhD program and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Shepard is credited with transforming the School of Education into a nationally recognized leader in education research, with the school ranking at the 95th percentile of scholarly productivity by faculty among colleges and schools of education nationwide.

As a researcher, Shepard is known for her studies on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings. Her technical work has advanced validity theory, standard setting, and statistical models for detecting test bias. Her other areas of expertise include formative assessment, classroom instruction, and early childhood education and school readiness.

For teacher candidates, Shepard’s goal was to prepare them to use formative and summative assessments in their classrooms and then analyze assessment results to identify student needs and revise instruction accordingly. She strived to give doctoral students a solid grasp on both quantitative and qualitative research methods and teach them to use those skills in conducting systematic, disciplined studies.

Shepard has served as president of the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). She has received distinguished career awards from AERA, NCME, and the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. She served as editor of both the Journal of Educational Measurement and the American Educational Research Journal.

Among her many honors, Shepard received the 2005 Henry Chauncey Award for Distinguished Service to Assessment and Education Science from the Educational Testing Service. She also received the 2006 David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievements in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
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