Biosketch

Andrew Ho is the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a psychometrician whose research aims to improve the design, use, and interpretation of test scores in educational policy and practice. Professor Ho is known for his research documenting the misuse of proficiency-based statistics in state and federal policy analysis. He has also clarified properties of student growth models for both technical and general audiences. His scholarship advocates for designing evaluative metrics to achieve multiple criteria: metrics must be accurate, but also transparent to target audiences and resistant to inflation under high stakes.

Professor Ho is a director of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has served on the governing boards for the National Council on Measurement in Education and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He has chaired the research committee for the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) at Harvard University, which governed research on "massiveĀ open online courses" (MOOCs). He holds his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and his M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University. Before graduate school, he taught middle school creative writing in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, and high school Physics and AP Physics in Ojai, California.

Link to Curriculum VitaeĀ 

Links to publications, sorted by topic:

  1. Problems with proficiency
  2. Growth models
  3. Nonparametric/ordinal methods for estimating gaps, trends, means, and variances
  4. Validity and validation
  5. Massive Open Online Courses and Big Data
  6. Applied measurement