America has always seen itself as a land of opportunity. But over the last four decades, a torrent of data on growing inequality has led many to doubt that view. Gross differences in opportunity—the most fundamental inequality—have consequential implications for intra- and inter-generational mobility, the national economy, civil society, and the democratic polity. Yet inequality of opportunity may also be the most amenable to public and private action. Braun will offer a framework for understanding the complex dynamics and consequences of differences in opportunity from birth to adulthood and offer some thoughts on how we can close the opportunity gap.
Henry Braun is the Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy and director of the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Education Policy at Boston College. From 1979 to 2006 he served as vice president for research management at the Educational Testing Service. An award-winning researcher, his interests include school and teacher accountability, the role of testing in education policy, and analysis of large-scale survey data.
The lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow.
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Established in 2008 as part of the activities of the Anastasi Professor for Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology, the Anastasi Lectures are delivered by leading experts in psychology, educational measurement, industrial and organizational psychology and quantitative methods.
The Lectures honor Dr. Anastasi’s distinguished career. They showcase recent developments in the areas of measurement, assessment, testing and quantitative psychology, and highlight their translation into policy and practice. The Lectures provide a unique opportunity to share with the public emerging research directions in psychometrics and measurement, and the critical implications of these developments to various testing (K-12 testing, college and graduate admissions, personnel and employment) applications and other key policy arenas.
The Lectures take place in the Fall semester on the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University, and are open to faculty, students and the general public.