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Steven Holtzman

Steven Holtzman joined ETS in 2008 and is currently a principal research data analyst in ETS’s Research & Development division. His work at ETS concentrates on the use of a wide variety of data analysis methods, such as structural equation modeling, multivariate analyses, and complex research design to help foster research in many areas of education. Some of his recent projects include the development of noncognitive assessments, using assessment for the selection and development of employees in the workforce, investigating the relationship between the writing abilities of college students with educational outcomes, measuring cross-cultural competency in armed forces members, utilizing gradient boosting models to predict item difficulty of items built using automatic item generation, and exploring new methods of measuring teacher effectiveness. He mentors junior data analysts, graduate students, and other colleagues in study design, data management, and data analysis techniques. He is currently the principal investigator for projects that explore diversity in higher education applications, use webscarping techniques to explore job posting in the education field, and improve data access for researchers. He has also served as an internal auditor at ETS since 2010 and has been a team lead since 2016. Outside of ETS, he has held numerous leadership positions for the Northeastern Educatonal Research Associaton, including conference cochair in 2013, treasurer from 2016-2019, and the 2021 president. He graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a master’s in statistics and a bachelor’s in statistics and economics.

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