Russell Rumberger of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been invited to become Chair Designate (and then Chair) of American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Publications Committee. Rumberger also has been invited to join the National Research Council’s Committee on Improved Measurement of High School Dropout and Completion Rates, and the Committee on the Impact of Mobility and Change on the Lives of Young Children, Schools, and Neighborhoods.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 26,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The publications committee makes recommendations to the AERA Council and President on matters concerning AERA publications, including the choice of editors and journal practices.
The National Research Council’s Committee on Improved Measurement of High School Dropout and Completion Rates conducted a two-day workshop to discuss issues surrounding the accurate measurement of high school dropout rates. The workshop provided an opportunity to learn more about the state of research on dropout rates and for exploring the feasibility and desirability of new techniques for measuring high school dropout and completion rates that are timely, complete, scientifically sound, and useful for decision making at different levels, including person based longitudinal tracking systems. The workshop featured papers and discussions among experts in education research and policy, including national education statistics experts; policy makers at the national, state, and local levels; scholars with expertise in school-leaving processes and minority education, as well as state and local data system experts. Rumberger and the committee are developing a workshop report with recommendations that will be disseminated to federal and state education officials, education scholars, advocacy groups and educators.
The Board on Children, Youth, and Families named Rumberger to the Committee on the Impact of Mobility and Change on the Lives of Young Children, Schools, and Neighborhoods. The group’s charge is to organize a two-day workshop to review research on patterns of change and mobility in the lives of young children (ages 3 to 8 years) and to examine the implications of this work for the design of child care, early childhood and elementary educational programs, and community services for neighborhoods and vulnerable populations that experience high rates of mobility. The committee will commission background papers and will identify speakers and participants for invited workshop presentations. An individually authored summary of the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur.
[Russell Rumberger is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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