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Jessica Mislevy

Senior Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning
Jessica Mislevy

Jessica Mislevy, Ph.D., is a senior researcher with SRI Education’s Center for Technology in Learning, where she studies highly innovative teaching and learning approaches that use advanced technology in STEM. With a background in quantitative methods, evaluation design, and survey methodology, she specializes in mixed-methods research and evaluation. 

Mislevy’s projects often have an educational technology focus.  She served as co-principal investigator on a project aimed to identify generalizable design and implementation features associated with quality online learning in Algebra I, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mislevy also supported two separate projects funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that sought to understand the ways schools and teachers are blending online instruction with more traditional practices to support teaching and learning. Currently, she provides technical assistance to grantees developing a new generation of personalized digital courseware for high-enrollment undergraduate courses as a part of SRI’s evaluation work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge.

Much of Mislevy’s work also centers around STEM education. She serves as the task manager for an NSF-funded project laying the groundwork for a national K-12 STEM education indicator system proposed by the National Research Council in Monitoring Progress Toward Successful STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? She also serves as Task Lead on a U.S. Department of Education initiative to build capacity in the STEM teacher leadership community by spurring research action around common challenges and promising practices for programs designed to develop and support teacher leaders. Additionally, Mislevy supports a randomized control trial with the University of Washington and George Washington University to study the implementation and impact of the College Board’s new inquiry-based AP science curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation.

Mislevy earned her Ph.D. in measurement, statistics, and evaluation from the University of Maryland and a Graduate Certificate in Intermediate Survey Methodology. Prior to joining SRI, Mislevy conducted higher education research in institutional research, planning, and assessment at the University.

Education

  • Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, University of Maryland, Ph.D., 2011
  • Intermediate Survey Methodology, University of Maryland, Graduate Certificate, 2010
  • Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, University of Maryland, M.A., 2006
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, B.A., 2005
  • Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, Certificate, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Senior Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International, Arlington, V.A. (since 2015)
  • Research Social Scientist, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International, Arlington, V.A. (2011-2015)
  • Graduate Assistant, Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, University of Maryland, College Park, M.D. (2005-2011)
  • Research Assistant, Center for the Study of Assessment Validity and Evaluation, University of Maryland, College Park, M.D. (2005)

Current Projects

  • Supporting the Development of a K-12 STEM Education Indicator System (Task Manager)
  • STEM Master Teacher Leader Program Analysis and Support (Task Lead)
  • Evaluation of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge 
  • Evaluation of the Sustainability and Effectiveness of AP Science Courses

Past Projects

  • Enhancing Student Success in Online Learning (Co-PI)
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Blended Learning Project
  • Research on the Use of Khan Academy in Schools
  • Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave 2 Evaluation
  • Army Persistent Learning Capability Training Evaluation Analysis
  • Implementation Study of Miami-Dade Virtual High School Learning Lab