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Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative

Department of Organization and Leadership

Center Director

Madhabi Chatterji

‌Madhabi Chatterji, Ph.D., is Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, and Education and the founding director of the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, a center dedicated to promoting meaningful use of assessment and evaluation information, across disciplines and internationally ( Professor Chatterji has taught graduate/doctoral level courses in measurement and evaluation for over two decades, and has served as major advisor/examiner/reader on 60+ doctoral dissertation committees. Her long-standing research interests are in assessment and evaluation in education, with a firm emphasis on improving practice and policy in these areas. Since 2008, she has extended these lines of inquiry to health and psychology fields with a forthcoming book, titled: Designing Assessments for Multidisciplinary Constructs and Applications: A User-centered Methodology (Guilford, in press). Her 50+ refereed papers, books and edited works have been published in many top tier academic journals, including the Educational Researcher, Review of Educational Research, Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational and Psychological Measurement, American Journal of Evaluation, and Health Education & Behavior. Specific research interests include: instrument design, validation, and validity and test use issues; evidence standards, the evidence debate, and improving evidence-gathering and evidence-synthesis methods on “what works”; standards-based educational reforms, educational equity, and diagnostic classroom assessment interventions to close students’ achievement gaps.

Professor Chatterji is a recepient of a Fulbright Research Scholar Award (2008); an Outstanding Publication Award (2004) and an Outstanding Reviewer Award (2006) from the American Educational Research Association; and a Distinguished Paper Award (1993) from the Florida Educational Research Association. As Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on a number of ongoing research partnerships and projects at AERI, she has received competitive research grants, awards or sponsorships from the National Science Foundation (2005-08; 2012-13), the Stemmler Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners (2006-10), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Informational Technology (2010-12); the Educational Testing Service (2012); the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2013-17), private foundations in the U.S. and abroad (2006-08; 2013-16), and the Provost’s Fund at Teachers College, Columbia University (2012; 2014). She is a frequently-invited international speaker at overseas conferences, with past visits to universities, ministries of education, and non-government organizations in Spain, Mexico, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh. A public intellectual, she also wrote an op-ed and co-facilitated a blog in Education Week (2014), titlled: Assessing the Assessments: K-12 Measurement and Accountability in the 21st Century

Currently, Dr. Chatterji professional service includes the role of Co-editor of Quality Assurance in Education, an international peer-reviewed journal in educational evaluation (2015-2018). She is a Fellow at the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) based at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2006-present). Her past service to the profession also includes memberships on numerous national and international advisory panels and journal review boards, including the editorial boards of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a leading journal of the National Council on Measurement on Education, and the Educational Researcher, a flagship scholarly journal of the American Educational Research Association. She also served on an expert consensus committee on evidence frameworks for decision-making in obesity prevention convened by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S., now the National Academy of Medicine (2008-10). Institutionally, she is presently on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Columbia Global Center, South Asia.

Prior to joining TC in 2001, Dr. Chatterji served as Assistant Professor in educational measurement and research at the College of Education, University of South Florida (USF, 1996-2000), and as Supervisor, Research and Evaluation Services at the District School Board of Pasco County in Florida (1988-1995). She received her Ph.D. from USF in 1990, before which she was a secondary school teacher of English and Science in India. Dr. Chatterji emigrated to the U.S. as a doctoral student in 1985, with her two then-young daughters, Ruma and Raka. They are all now settled permanently in the U.S.

To learn more about Professor Chatterji’s current roles and activities, visit the:

AERI site

Columbia Global Centers-South Asia, Faculty Steering Committee

NEPC site

Full faculty profile.