Leslie Pearlman, PhD is a psychometrician with experience in educational and professional testing, educational research and evaluation, and professional affiliation networks. She has experience working with the State of Michigan’s Department of Education, various school districts across the country, the University of Texas at Austin, charter schools, publishing companies, Visa, Inc. and professional licensure groups. Most recently, Leslie was the Sr. Psychometrician for EDUCAUSE, where in her role of making data dreams come true, she managed their portfolio of measurement instruments (for institutions, faculty, and students), which included establishing processes for content development, validation studies, reporting, and data visualization.
Leslie completed her Master’s in Economics and her PhD in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University. Her main research interests are in modeling the interactions and flow of information between and within personal affiliation networks and using non-standard metrics to inform decision making. She did the majority of her research using the TIMSS student and teacher data from the international study to create assessment programs for various districts as well as to create tailored professional development to teachers based on both teacher and student outcome measures. Her dissertation focused on the patterns of incorrect responses on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for the entire 4th grade cohort in mathematics.
When Leslie is not nerding it up with her numbers she loves riding her bicycles, listening to live music, beer, hiking, and hanging out with friends.