Gilbert A. Valverde

    Associate Professor
    Office: ED 320
    Tel: (518) 442-5089

Gilbert A. Valverde (The University of Chicago, Ph.D.) Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership and core member of the faculty of the Global Educational Policy Studies Institute, School of Education, University at Albany - State University of New York, and affiliated faculty member of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies and the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Graduate School of Public Affairs. Dr. Valverde is also Vice-President of the Comparative and International Education Society (President Elect in 2012 and President in 2013) and a J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist Program recipient.

Dr. Valverde specializes in scholarship and applied research in the broad areas of international assessment, curriculum policy and development assistance for education. This includes cross-national research on global trends in Mathematics and Science education policy, especially policies regarding opportunities to learn mathematics and the sciences in elementary and secondary schooling. His work also includes the study of methodological options in the measurement of learning (that is, growth over time) and how these compare to options for the measurement of achievement (cumulative knowledge and skills). This encompasses a special interest in their respective strengths and weaknesses in the study of educational opportunity structures in school mathematics and science, and the implications of these for their uses as evidentiary bases for educational policymaking in general, and educational accountability structures in particular. A parallel line of research inquires into cross-national trends in curriculum governance policies: focusing on the role of complex partnerships of global–domestic, private–public, and for profit–not for profit actors and agencies in educational standards, indicator systems, textbook and assessment policy and the configuration of educational opportunity structures in the context of educational reform. Dr. Valverde also researches the role of large-scale cross-national studies of education in mathematics, science and reading in the national and state educational policy debates in the United States and other countries.

Dr. Valverde is director and principal investigator of the Educational Evaluation Research Consortium which has conducted a series of longitudinal studies of educational opportunities in mathematics and reading comprehension from fourth to seventh grade in the Dominican Republic. He is a member of the Working Group on Standards and Evaluation of the Program to Promote Educational Reform in Latin America (PREAL). He has also served as advisor or consultant on testing, standards, and educational indicators policies to NASA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Agency for International Development – and to a number of ministries, foundations, school districts, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions throughout the Americas.

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