About NCER

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) supports rigorous research that helps solve significant education problems in our country. Through its research programs and the national research and development centers, NCER supports research activities to improve the quality of education, thereby increasing student academic achievement, reducing the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students, and increasing access to and completion of postsecondary education. NCER also funds predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs to invest in the training and development of the next generation of education researchers.

NCER research programs are designed to produce research that is scientifically rigorous and relevant to the needs of education practitioners and decision makers. NCER research programs address education programs, practices, and policies in reading and writing, mathematics and science education, teacher quality, education leadership, education policy and finance, cognition and student learning, high school reform, and postsecondary education. Within these programs of research, investigators are identifying existing education programs, practices, and policies that may impact student outcomes; developing new education interventions (e.g., curricula, teacher professional development programs); evaluating the efficacy of fully developed programs or practices; evaluating the effectiveness of specific interventions taken to scale; and developing and validating assessments. Through these activities, NCER is advancing understanding of teaching, learning, and education systems in order to improve the quality of education for all students.

NCER Leadership

Elizabeth Albro

Commissioner,
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Allen Ruby

Associate Commissioner,
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NCER Staff

Corinne Alfeld

Program Officer,
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James Benson

Program Officer,
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Vinita Chhabra

Program Officer,
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Christina Chhin

Program Officer,
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Wai-Ying Chow

Program Officer,
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Emily Doolittle

Program Officer,
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Caroline Ebanks

Program Officer,
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Molly Faulkner-Bond

Program Officer,
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Phill Gagné

Program Officer,
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Erin Higgins

Program Officer,
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Meredith Larson

Program Officer,
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Rebecca McGill-Wilkinson

Program Officer,
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Edward Metz

Program Officer,
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Katina Stapleton

Program Officer,
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