Appendix B
Biographical Sketches of Planning Committee Members

Felice J. Levine (Chair) is executive director of the American Educational Research Association. Previously, she was executive officer of the American Sociological Association from 1991 to 2002. Her research specialties include children and youth and the dynamics underlying their social development. She also has done considerable work on research and science policy issues, academic and scientific professions, and the ethics of research. She is a member of the executive committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and served as chair from 1997 to 2000. She serves on the advisory committee of the National Consortium on Violence Research and the Research Advisory Committee for the American Bar Foundation. She also chairs the Social and Behavioral Sciences Working Group on Human Research Protections and served in 2001-2002 on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Society and is a past president of the Law and Society Association. She has an A.B. in sociology and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology (social), all from the University of Chicago.


Robert F. Boruch is university trustee chair professor of education and professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is codirector of the Center for Research and Evaluation of Social Policy and codirector of the Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Program, both in the Graduate School of Education. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Education, the



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Appendix B Biographical Sketches of Planning Committee Members Felice J. Levine (Chair) is executive director of the American Educational Research Association. Previously, she was executive officer of the Ameri- can Sociological Association from 1991 to 2002. Her research specialties include children and youth and the dynamics underlying their social development. She also has done considerable work on research and sci- ence policy issues, academic and scientific professions, and the ethics of research. She is a member of the executive committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and served as chair from 1997 to 2000. She serves on the advisory committee of the National Consortium on Violence Research and the Research Advisory Committee for the American Bar Foundation. She also chairs the Social and Behavioral Sciences Working Group on Human Research Protections and served in 2001-2002 on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee. She is a fel- low of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Society and is a past president of the Law and Society Association. She has an A.B. in sociology and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology (social), all from the University of Chicago. Robert F. Boruch is university trustee chair professor of education and professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Penn- sylvania. He is codirector of the Center for Research and Evaluation of Social Policy and codirector of the Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Program, both in the Graduate School of Education. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Education, the 

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 PROTECTING STUDENT RECORDS National Institutes of Health, and many other federal agencies. He is also on the advisory boards for the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness and serves on the editorial board of Ealuation Reiew and other journals. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Ameri- can Statistical Association and a lifetime national associate of the National Academies. His work focuses on research methods for determining the severity and scope of social and education problems, implementation of programs and policies, and estimating the effects and the effectiveness of interventions. He contributes to work on randomized trials in educa- tion and training, welfare reform, health services, housing, and crime and justice, with a particular interest in the assessment or improvement of programs sponsored by federal agencies in the United States and by private foundations. He has a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Helen F. Ladd is the Edgar Thompson professor of public policy stud- ies and professor of economics at Duke University. Most of her current research focuses on education policy. At the National Research Council, she cochaired the Committee on Education Finance, which issued two volumes: Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance and Making Money Mat- ter: Financing America’s Schools. She has written articles on charter schools, school-based accountability, market-based reforms in education, parental choice and competition, and a series of papers on teacher quality and student achievement. Currently she is continuing her research on teacher labor markets and teacher quality using North Carolina data as well as on various issues related to charter schools and parental choice of schools. Ladd has also written extensively on the fiscal implications of growth, property taxation, education finance, tax and expenditure limitations, intergovernmental aid, state economic development, and the fiscal prob- lems of U.S. cities. She has been active in the National Tax Association (serving as president in 1993-1994) and the Association for Public Policy and Management and has consulted on tax policy and intergovernmental relations for all three levels of government. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Martin Orland is director of evaluation and policy research at WestEd, a research and development organization specializing in education and human services. He leads a nationwide staff of methodologists, research scientists, content experts, and evaluators, with the responsibility for ensuring that their work employs the highest standards of methodological rigor and provides usable knowledge to decision makers. Previously he

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 APPENDIX B served as director of the Center for Education at the National Research Council. Orland has authored a number of publications for both academic journals and government and has regularly presented at international, national, and regional conferences in the fields of education and human development. He currently serves on the editorial board for Education Finance and Policy and has had two stints on the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees, both in political science, from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in social science from Syracuse University. Jay Pfeiffer is deputy commissioner in the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement of the Florida Department of Education. He has been employed in the Florida government since 1972, beginning with the State Manpower Council. In 1984, he started the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, a first-of-its-kind program linking data from multiple administrative data resources for accountabil- ity purposes. In the Department of Education, he was the director of edu- cation information and accountability in the Division of Accountability, Research, and Management and, in February 2005, was promoted to his current position. He has a B.S. in chemistry/biology from the University of Florida, with graduate work in bacteriology and anthropology. Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah distinguished university pro- fessor in the College of Education and the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She worked for 18 years at the University of Chicago, holding positions as professor in sociology and human develop- ment and as a senior researcher at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). She continues to hold an appointment as a university faculty research associate at the University of Chicago and as senior fellow at NORC, where she is the principal investigator of the Data Research and Development Center. She also continues to direct the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work at Michigan State University, an initiative that began at the University of Chicago, where she was codirector. She uses a sociological lens to understand societal conditions and interpersonal interactions that create norms and values that enhance human and social capital. Her research focuses on how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood. She has published 12 books and numerous articles and reports on family, the social context of schooling, and the sociology of knowledge. She is the current editor of Sociology of Education. She has B.S. and M.A. degrees from National Louis University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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