Dan McCaffrey is currently the associate vice president of Psychometric Analysis and Research in the Research and Measurement Science unit of the Research & Development division at ETS. He is responsible for all the psychometric and data analysis for operational testing programs including the ETS brands, K-12 testing, NAEP, PISA, and PIAAC. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from North Carolina State University in 1991. He joined ETS in 2013 after more than 20 years at RAND.
He maintains an active research agenda that includes developing tools and methods for causal modeling, evaluating the psychometric properties of student achievement growth measures derived from annual test scores, methods to account for measurement error in secondary data analysis, and the evaluation and the use of computer generated automated scores of constructed responses to test items. He co-leads the ETS’s Constructed-Response Scoring Technical Advisory Committee. Previously, he conducted extensive research on teacher value added and policy research on substance abuse treatment and prevention, health, and education. He was coeditor of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (2015-2019) and one of the founding editors of the journal Statistics, Policy, and Politics. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association.