Educational Measurement and Statistics

Dear Prospective Student,

The graduate programs in Educational Measurement and Statistics at The University of Iowa prepare students for careers in educational measurement, evaluation, research, and statistical/quantitative analysis. In addition to academic positions at universities, our graduates are employed in other educational settings (e.g., large school systems, college and university institutional research); government (e.g., state departments of education, state and federal agencies); research and consulting (e.g., research institutes and centers); and testing organizations (e.g., educational/psychological test publishing, professional certification and licensure, college and professional school admissions). Graduates of our programs understand the theories, methods, professional ethics, and applications associated with quantitative research methodology in the social science context. They are qualified to teach at the college/university level, analyze and interpret quantitative data, independently conduct research, translate sophisticated research findings and communicate them to various audiences, design and validate assessments, and apply complex quantitative information in making policy decisions.

Educational measurement is one major focus of our graduate programs. The field of educational measurement is undergoing considerable growth and change. Growth is due to the increasing roles that measurement and assessment play in education and educational policy. Initiatives by the U.S. federal government to test all third- through eighth-grade students in reading and mathematics is but one example. Increasing use of computers in testing (e.g., the computer-based GRE) is changing the field. Hence, rapid change and growth are creating many opportunities for individuals who decide to enter this field of study. Applied statistics is another major focus of our graduate programs. There are many opportunities for individuals with skills in applied statistics. For example, individuals in applied statistics might analyze data in education and other areas. Students in our programs also develop skills in program evaluation (e.g., evaluating educational programs).

Several faculty members are affiliated with the Iowa Testing Programs, which develops the Iowa Assessments—K-12 achievement tests that are used throughout the United States and Canada. The Iowa Testing Programs support many research assistants who work with faculty on research and development activities that are associated with the Iowa Assessments. Also, faculty members who are affiliated with the Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) and the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) provide support for graduate assistants. Adjunct faculty members work at ACT, where additional opportunities for assistantship support can be found.

The graduate programs in Educational Measurement and Statistics at The University of Iowa prepare students for a wide range of interesting careers in a variety of dynamic, exciting fields. Since Fall 2014 semester, students can complete all of the course requirements for the Master of Arts (MA) degree through online offerings.


Robert D. Ankenmann
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Educational Measurement and Statistics