Fellowships Available for Full-time Ph.D. Students Looking to Transform Educational Measurement

September 30, 2011

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) has recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Education program funding Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). This funding recognizes the need to develop expertise in new and more accurate approaches to student assessment at a time when children’s test scores are used not only to assess children’s learning, but to evaluate teachers’ effectiveness and drive national education policy.  The funds will support four full-time Ph.D. students with Fellowships worth up to $30,000 per year.  We seek applicants for the Ph. D. in Education from any major who have a strong background in undergraduate mathematics and/or other quantitative courses, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students will concentrate in Educational Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation with emphasis on psychometrics and evaluation, concentrating on cognitive diagnosis modeling. Successful applicants will be granted one summer internship with Educational Testing Service, the most prestigious assessment organization in the nation.

 “At a time when children’s learning influences the careers of educators, accurate assessment of children’s real learning is critical.” said Dr. Lorraine McCune, Educational Psychology Department Chair for Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

 “Everyday lately we see the headlines that U.S. children are falling academically behind in the global community of advanced nations,” said Rutgers Graduate School of Education Dean Richard De Lisi.  “A new Ph.D. initiative will allow students to learn how to use mathematical/quantitative knowledge and skills to can make a difference in this critical area.”

 “Using appropriately designed assessments and modern psychometric tools to accurately evaluate what our students know and do not know is a critical first step in facilitating student learning.” commented Dr. Jimmy de la Torre, an Associate Professor for Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Educational Psychology Department and the principal investigator of the grant.

To learn more about the fellowships please visit the GSE's GAANN Fellowship webpage or contact Dr. Jimmy de la Torre at j.delatorre@rutgers.edu or 732-932-7496, ext. 8327.  Details on the fellowships can be found in the GAANN Fellowship flyer.

About Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Founded in 1923 in New Brunswick, NJ, the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) community creates new knowledge about educational processes and policies. GSE is a national leader in the development of research-based instructional, professional, and outreach programs. The faculty and staff at GSE strive to prepare educators who create effective and equitable educational opportunities for all learners. The GSE offers several masters and doctoral programs for professional educators who work in PK-16 environments. Additional information is available by visiting www.gse.rutgers.edu or calling 732.932.7496. 

Learn More About the GAANN Fellowships in Psychometrics and Quantitative Methods
Who to contact:
Dr. Jimmy de la Torre
(732) 932-7496