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November 2010

Staff News

Jing Chen

Jing Chen recently joined NCES's Assessment Division as a research scientist working on NAEP item development and related research. Prior to joining NCES, Jing was a senior research analyst at American Institutes for Research, where she provided technical assistance on the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) and developed, implemented and managed NAAL research studies. Jing received her doctorate in quantitative research, evaluation and measurement in education from the Ohio State University.

Elise Christopher

Elise Christopher has joined NCES's Longitudinal Studies program area of the Elementary/Secondary and Libraries Studies Division. She will be working on the ELS:2002 follow-up study and designing online training for longitudinal survey data users. Elise holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University.

Jared Coopersmith

Jared Coopersmith recently joined NCES as an associate research scientist in the Early Childhood, International, and Crosscutting Studies Division. He will be the project officer for the Fast Survey Response System and the Postsecondary Education Quick Information System. Before joining NCES, Jared was a research analyst for Quality Information Partners and worked on the Schools and Staffing Survey at the Education Statistics Services Institute. His published work includes an analysis of wage disparities among public school teachers in Brazil, and his research interests include non-response bias analysis, survey item imputation methods, and non-response survey weight adjustment. Jared is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Archie Cubarrubia

Archie Cubarrubia is an education statistician in NCES's Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education Division. He serves as the survey director for the Student Financial Aid component of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. In this role, Cubarrubia will oversee instrument development, data collection and analysis, user training, and communication with stakeholders around financial aid data reported to NCES. He also serves as the Designated Federal Official for the U.S. Department of Education's Committee on Measures of Student Success. Archie comes to NCES with experience gained from working within the U.S. Department of Education on numerous higher education initiatives and programs. Prior to joining the Department, Cubarrubia coordinated first-year student success programs at the University of Rhode Island, Northern Arizona University, and Boston University. Archie holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Grace Kena

Grace Kena has joined NCES's Annual Reports program in the Early Childhood, International, and Crosscutting Studies Division. She will work on NCES indicator reports and develop content for the Annual Reports websites. Most recently, Grace was a project manager at the Education Statistics Services Institute. Grace has a master's degree in public policy from Duke University.