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Matthew Gaertner

Matthew Gaertner is Director of Research in WestEd’s Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services (SAAS) program, where he provides overall leadership for SAAS research and development efforts, including developing research and business-development strategies and managing large projects. He provides expertise and technical assistance in key areas, including statistical methods, psychometrics, standard setting, alignment studies, and experimental design.

Gaertner’s research focuses on college and career readiness, and the effects of educational policies on access, persistence, achievement, and labor market outcomes for disadvantaged learners. A psychometrician by training, Gaertner’s methodological expertise includes Item Response Theory, multilevel models, and categorical data analysis.

He has authored an edited book on college and career readiness through the National Council on Measurement in Education (Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice) along with book chapters and reports for a range of audiences. His research has been published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Research in Higher Education, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Harvard Educational Review, Colorado Law Review, and The Journal of College Admission.

Gaertner has extensive experience working with practitioners to apply statistical and psychometric methods to address pressing, practical concerns. Prior to joining WestEd, Gaertner held research positions at SRI International, Pearson, and American Institutes for Research.

Gaertner received a BA from Georgetown University and PhD in research and evaluation methodology from the University of Colorado Boulder.