Lorrie Shepard, dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, just concluded a prestigious appointment as president of the National Academy of Education (NAEd). She delivered the last speech of her term on Friday, Oct. 23, at the academy in Washington, D.C.
Shepard received praise from the academy's incoming president, Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College at Columbia University.
"With her deep understanding of educational research and policy issues, Lorrie Shepard has brought outstanding strategic leadership to NAEd," Fuhrman said. "She has transformed the organization, greatly expanding its scope and influence. It has been a privilege to serve with her and to learn from example."
Research by Shepard, professor of research and evaluation methodology, focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in education settings. Her studies have addressed the identification of learning disabilities, readiness screening for kindergarten, grade retention, teacher testing and effects of high-stakes accountability testing on teaching and learning.