Henry Braun


Member Since: 2017

Henry Braun is the Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy, and director of the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy, at the Lynch School of Education Boston College. Professor Braun specializes in testing and education policy; large-scale assessment surveys and achievement gaps; value-added modeling; standard setting, and higher education outcomes. He serves on a number of state, national and international advisory committees He has won awards from the AERA, NCME, is a fellow of both the ASA and AERA and an elected member of the National Academy of Education.

Henry Braun earned a B.Sc. (Hon.) in mathematics from McGill University and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Stanford University. After serving as an assistant professor of statistics at Princeton University, he joined Educational Testing Service in 1979, where he held a series of increasingly responsible positions. He was vice-president for research management from 1990 to 1999 and held the title of distinguished presidential appointee from 1999-2006. In 2007, he retired from ETS and assumed the position of Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Braun has published broadly in probability, statistics, and educational measurement, and he has consulted for a variety of private, public, and governmental organizations. He was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1991. He is a co-recipient of the 1986 Palmer O. Johnson Award of the American Educational Research Association and a co-recipient of the National Council for Measurement in Education’s 1999 Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to the Field of Educational Measurement.

He has been invited to give keynote presentations at many conferences both in the United States and abroad and has also served on a number of international advisory boards. He is currently a member of technical advisory committees for the states of Massachusetts, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Arkansas, as well as the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), He serves in similar roles for the College Board, the OECD and the IEA, as well as the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (Israel).

Braun’s interests include school and teacher accountability, the role of assessment in education policy, the analysis of large-scale survey data and standard setting. In recent years, he has published on a variety of topics including the Black-White achievement gap, comparative school effectiveness, applications of multi-level modeling, value-added modeling, and the role of literacy in economic and social welfare. Most recently he was the editor of “Challenges to Measurement in an Era of Accountability”, co-editor of “The Dynamics of Opportunity in America”, co-executive producer of the documentary “Choosing our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America, and co-author of an e-book of the same title.

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