Eric Crane

Senior Research Associate

Eric Crane
Eric Crane works with WestEd national, state, and local clients to gauge school and student performance and make the best use of the results. A Senior Research Associate with the Innovation Studies program at WestEd, Crane leads and contributes to assessment and accountability research, development, evaluation, and consulting/technical assistance projects. Crane builds effective common formative assessment practices, public school accountability, statewide and district data systems, survey and test design, applied statistics and psychometrics, and program evaluation. Crane directed WestEd's item development for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and served on WestEd's Project Management Partner Team for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Crane co-leads the California Comprehensive Center's work supporting California's transition to the Common Core State Standards. Crane coauthored three annual reports on the performance of California's charter schools, describing issues and academic performance trends in the state's charter schools. He also coauthored a national analysis of academic standards coherency. Prior to joining WestEd, Crane managed the Research and Analysis Unit at the California Department of Education, where he provided technical and policy support during two different cycles of accountability systems in California. In 2009, Crane was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Educational Research Association. Crane received an AB in economics from Princeton University and MA degrees in statistics and quantitative methods in education from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed PhD coursework and the PhD qualification examination in quantitative methods in education from the University of California, Berkeley.