Lorrie A. Shepard

Lorrie A. Shepard

Dean and University Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder

Lorrie A. Shepard, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings. Technical research publications have focused on validity theory, standard setting, and statistical models for detecting test bias. Her studies evaluating test use have addressed the identification of learning disabilities, readiness screening for kindergarten, grade retention, teacher testing, effects of high-stakes accountability testing, and most recently the use of classroom assessment to support teaching and learning.

Shepard received the Distinguished Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education and the award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education from the American Educational Research Association. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1992 and is the immediate past president of the National Academy of Education. Shepard has been a member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress Validity Studies Panel since its establishment in 1995; she is a past member of the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment; and she currently serves on Colorado's State Council for Educator Effectiveness.