Thanos Patelis

PhD

Thanos Patelis

Research Scholar

patelis@fordham.edu
518-750-8330

Thanos is a senior associate for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. He has a part-time appointment as a research scholar at Fordham University Graduate School of Education.

He is past president of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA), past Executive Committee Member of Division 5, former editor of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Newsletter, and current head of the psychology division of the Athens Institute for Education and Research.

He has been a reviewer for Educational and Psychological Measurement, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, International Journal of Testing, Mental Measurements Yearbook, and Psychological Methods and on the editorial board of Applied Measurement in Education. He has published and presented over 50 papers. He has served on an APA Task Force for the Recruitment of Quantitative Psychology Professionals.

He founded the College Board Internship Program to facilitate the training and experience of undergraduate and graduate students in quantitative psychology and educational research. He was received awards for his contributions to the College Board in 2001, his teaching at Fordham University Graduate School of Education in 2012 and the Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for outstanding mentoring from the Northeastern Educational Research Association in 2013. He is a fellow of APA Division 5.

Education

PhD, Fordham University, Psychometrics
MA, Fordham University, Experimental Psychology
BA, College of the Holy Cross, Psychology

Research

  • Applied psychometrics
  • Growth modeling
  • History of testing
  • Meta-cognitive measurements
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • School accountability systems
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Test validity

Selected Publications

Patelis, T. (October, 2013). Fairness in Higher Education Assessment. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT.

Raykov, T., Marcoulides, G. A., & Patelis, T. (2013). Saturated Versus Just Identified Models: A Note on Their Distinction. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73, 162-168.

Patelis, T., Barry, C., Matos-Elefonte, H., Merriman, J., & Smith, K. (April, 2013). The College Board’s Growth Model. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Francisco, CA.

Adams, D. & Patelis, T. (April, 2013). A New Way to Measure Rigor: The College Board’s Academic Rigor Index. Presentation at the 5th Annual Conference of the National Partnership for Educational Access, Boston, MA.

Smith, K., Patelis, T., & Almonte, D. (2013). Benchmarks on the 10th Grade PSAT/NMSQT Associated with the Ohio Thresholds for Remediation-Free Status. Unpublished research. NY: The College Board.

Patelis, T. (November, 2012). Evaluation of the Special Education Training for Teachers of English Language Learners (Project SETTELL) Grant from the US DOE. Prepared for Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.

Patelis, T. (August, 2012). Ways Not to Get Hurt When Evaluating Programs on Violent Behavior. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Patelis, T. Barry, C., Bausmith, J. M., Matos-Elefonte, H., & Smith, K. (2012). A Framework and Some Initial Results for Modeling Student Performance over Time on College Board Pathway Assessments. Paper provided to the Indiana Department of Education.

Raykov, T., Patelis, T. & Marcoulides, G. A. (2011). Examining Parallelism of Sets of Psychometric Measures Using Latent Variable Modeling, Educational and Psychological Measurement, 71(6), 1047-1064.

Patelis, T. (May, 2011). The Development of an Instrument of College Aspirations and College-Going Behaviors. Presentation at the 13th International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

Patelis, T. (April, 2011). The Formation of the College Board and the Context of Today. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

Patelis, T. (October, 2010). Structural Equation Modeling: Then and Now. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT.

Patelis, T., Matos-Elefonte, H., Menson, R. & Feng, J. (May, 2010). Validity Evidence of Student Self-Reporting on the SAT Questionnaire. Presentation at the 12th International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

Menson, R., Patelis, T., Doyle, A. (Spring 2009). New England’s State of College Readiness. New England Journal of Higher Education, 23(5).

Patelis, T. & Matos-Elefonte, H. (April, 2009). Efforts to Produce Relevant Score Reports to School, District, and State Officials on National Tests. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Diego, CA.

Patelis, T., Kim, Y. K., King, K., & Feng, J. (April, 2009). The Development of Groupings of Comparable School Districts Across the United States using a Multivariate Approach with Latent Class Analysis. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Patelis, T. & Dougherty, P. (August, 2008). Five Year Synthesis of Evaluation Information about the Ignatian Residential College at Fairfield University. Prepared for Fairfield University.

Patelis, T. (December, 2007). Formative Evaluation of the Institute for Music Educators at Bridgeport Public Schools and Fairfield University. Prepared for Fairfield University.

Ling, G., Patelis, T., & Lewis, C. (August, 2004). Extended Study: Admissions Models Comparison of Validity and Fairness. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Patelis, T. (August, 2003). The Love of Teaching and a Dual Career: Surviving as an Adjunct. Paper presentation at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Gernand, R., & Patelis, T. (February, 2003). Results of the College Board National High School Survey. Panel presentation at the College Board New England Regional Meeting, Boston, MA.

Milewski, G. & Patelis, T. (August, 2001). Measuring Knowledge of Introductory Psychology: What are the Relevant Constructs? Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Patelis, T., Way, W. D., & Elliot, S. (April, 2000). Developing a Research Plan for an Online Assessment. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

Patelis, T. (September, 1999). A Brief Overview of Computer Based Testing. College Board Research Note. New York: The College Board.

Capobianco, G. & Patelis, T. (August, 1999). Long-Term Psychological Effects of Airplane Crash Survival. Poster Session at the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Patelis, T. (August, 1999). Placement Validity Study for the Baltimore City Community College. Prepared for the Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MD.

Patelis, T. (July, 1999). Comparison of ACCUPLACER and the Academic Assessment and Placement Program. Prepared for the Tennessee Board of Regents, Nashville, TN.

Patelis, T. (July, 1999). The Connecticut Academic Performance Tests and College Board Examinations. Prepared for the Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT.

Sireci, S. G., Robin, F. & Patelis, T. (1999). Using Cluster Analysis to Facilitate Standard Setting. Applied Measurement in Education, 12(3), 301-325.

Pulcini, J., Taylor, M. O., & Patelis, T. (1999). The Relationship between Characteristics of Women with Mental Retardation and Outcomes of the Gynecological Examination. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, 3(4), 221-229.

Patelis, T. (February, 1998). The Results of the People Survey. Prepared for the Portsmouth School Board, Portsmouth, VA.

Patelis, T. (1998). A review of Handbook of classroom assessment: Learning, adjustment, and achievement. Journal of Educational Measurement, 35(2), 179-183.

Courses

Advance Quantitative Research (ASGE6620)

Multivariate Techniques: Education & Psychology (PSGE7213)

Recent Techniques in Measurement and Evaluation (PSGE7712)

Research Apprenticeship (PSGE8001)

Statistics in Curriculum Studies (CTGE6190)

Statistical Methods in Education & Psychology (PSGE5210)

Statistics/Quantitative Design (CTGE7190)

Affiliations

National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, www.nciea.org