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Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative

Department of Organization and Leadership


Initially established under the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College (TC) in 2006, the founding co-directors of AERI were Madhabi Chatterji and Professor Edmund W. Gordon, who undertook evaluation efforts of two comprehensive education programs, respectively: The Chemung County School Readiness Project and the Harlem Children's Zone. AERI's work continued through sponsored research or technical service projects prioritized by the College's leadership or partners in and outside TC and Columbia University.  

In 2007-08, AERI moved to the Department of Organization and Leadership and is now situated within the program of Social-Organizational Psychology. Professor Chatterji has served in the role of director since 2008. Between 2010-12, AERI revamped its mission and redirected its goals and activities to align more tightly with its new mission statement:  Promoting meaningful use of assessment and evaluation information in practice and policy contexts. 

Today, AERI pursues a more proactive agenda of knowledge creation, translation, dissemination and capacity building in the assessment and evaluation sciences. A driving element in AERI’s work today is the mobilization of knowledge to different audiences and stakeholders. Recent activities marking AERI’s new identity included the following.

To date, funders of AERI projects have included the Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning and Finger Lakes area; the Global Education and Leadership Foundation, India; the Stemmler Group of the National Board of Medical Examiners; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Educational Testing Service; National Science Foundation; and other foundations and donors.