Sanford Student, PhD

Psychometrician & Assistant Professor

Sanford Student is an assistant professor specializing in measurement, psychometrics, and quantitative methods in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. He is also a Resident Faculty member of the Data Science Institute.

His research spans a variety of areas, united by his interest in connecting technical aspects of educational and psychological measurement such as instrument design and psychometric modeling with their practical implications for students, teachers, and downstream researchers. Dr. Student’s recent methodological research deals primarily with issues related to the measurement of student’s academic growth, including the psychometric properties of assessments designed to measure growth and the implications for research and practice when those properties differ across assessments. He also conducts both methodological and applied research in large-scale science assessment and has worked with states, districts, and assessment developers on a variety of applied projects.

Dr. Student’s work has been published in Educational Researcher, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and the Chinese-English Journal of Educational Measurement and Evaluation. He is an active member of the National Council on Measurement in Education.