Edward Kifer is a Professor Emeritus, College of Education, University of Kentucky. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis with a dissertation directed by Ben Bloom. Skip (his nickname) taught in those areas for 30 plus years at UK with occasional forays outside to UCLA, SUNY Buffalo, University of Louisville and Georgetown college. After a Spencer Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Stockholm, he was Chair of the International Technical Committee and member of International and U.S. National coordinating committees for the International Association for the Evaluation of Achievement (IEA) Second International Mathematics Study. Currently, it may be the only international comparative study that has a longitudinal component, hence the only one that is capable of separating the status of learning with the growth in learning (of course the more interesting is growth which is no longer featured). Skip was one of five persons, one of whom was Jason Millman, who designed the Commonwealth of Kentucky's initial assessment system. He enjoyed a Fulbright fellowship in the Czech Republic where he taught at Charles University and worked and advised the Czech national assessment center. A Czech colleague and Skip wrote a couple of things that, it is said, influenced the development and implementation of assessment in the republic. As an AERA fellow at the National Center for Education Statistics he wrote a paper that was, more or less, a technical history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Skip was also a member of the NAEP Design and Analysis committee (DAC).
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