(Shepard, Lorrie A - 2012) -- Robert L. Stearns Award uri icon



  • Dean Shepard is a professor of statistics, research methods, and testing and assessment policy. She also chairs the Research and Evaluation Methodology program. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings. Her research in applied measurement has addressed issues of standard-setting and test bias while her work in educational policy research has focused on the uses of tests for special school placements. Dean Shepard has conducted extensive, large-scale studies on the identification of learning disabilities, grade retention, and kindergarten screening.
    Dean Shepard has previously served as president of the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is the only person to have served as president of all three associations. She has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education and the award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education from the American Educational Research Association. Dean Shepard is lauded for her distinguished 36-year research career (reflected in the 3,000 citations of her scholarly work by other researchers) and for her exceptional commitment to service to the Boulder campus in a wide variety of roles.

year awarded

  • 2012