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David Niemi

Kaplan

Biography

David Niemi is Vice President of Measurement and Evaluation at Kaplan Inc., where he oversees efforts to: improve the quality of measurement across all business units, evaluate the effectiveness of curricula and instruction, and study the impact of innovative products and strategies. Previously he was Vice President, Evaluation and Research, at K12 Inc., where he directed assessment development and validation, evaluations of products and services, and research studies used to drive curriculum development. He also served for many years as Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. He has been a co-principal investigator for a number of large-scale assessment research projects funded by the U. S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation and has collaborated on Department of Defense training studies. He has also managed assessment research and development studies in school districts across the U. S. and has trained thousands of teachers and other professionals to design and use assessments more effectively. As a professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, he served as chair of the Educational Psychology department. His research has focused on the development and assessment of complex problem solving and other aspects of expertise, and he has published extensively on assessment design and validation. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and his M.A. from Harvard University.