Associate Director of Research & Evaluation Joseph L. McCrary has extensive experience in policy analysis, program evaluation, and applied research at the federal, state, and local levels.
McCrary has expertise in project management, research design, education database management, and quantitative and qualitative analytic methods. His research interests focus on adult education and post-secondary reform in addition to K-12 teacher effectiveness.
In 2008, as part of the LEP (Limited English Proficient) Framework Development Team, McCrary received WestEd’s Paul D. Hood Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field. Designed to support the development, evaluation, and revision of standards and assessments supporting English language acquisition, the LEP Framework fills a gap long recognized by practitioners and researchers.
The LEP Framework is the centerpiece of the U.S. Department of Education’s support to all 50 states through the LEP Partnership, and is guiding technical assistance and capacity-building efforts across the nation. This far-reaching document represents best practices supported by research, and improves the likelihood that English language learners across the nation will receive the support they need to learn English and meet challenging content expectations.
McCrary received a doctorate in public administration from the University of Georgia, where he also earned separate master’s degrees in public administration and sociology.