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Mark Dynarski, PhD Biography

Founder and Owner of Pemberton Research
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“What exams test reflects what states want their students to learn — the standards. Comparing average scores between schools and districts is possible only because the same test is done. In measuring what students know, tests are a tremendous asset, providing important and reliable information that cannot be learned in other ways…

To parents who are not educators, the process of creating standardized tests might seem like a big black box. In fact, it’s a rigorous and highly scientific process, one that has been developed over 100 years and reflects research by generations of esteemed scholars. It has its own subfield, psychometrics, and every year universities graduate new Ph.D.s in that subfield.”

“When Done Right, Standardized Tests Really Do Reflect What a Student Knows,”, Nov. 14, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Owner, Pemberton Research, 2010-present
  • Vice President, Mathematica Policy Research, 1987-2010
  • Former expert, Brookings Institution
  • PhD, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 1981
  • BA, Economics, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1977
  • Advises government agencies, philanthropies, and nonprofit organizations
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