Patricia Richard, M.A. joined the edCount team in 2011 as an Associate and contributes to several projects to evaluate the validity of alternate assessments by authoring and reviewing reports, instruments, and protocols. In her nearly 25 year career, Ms. Richard has served as the director and manager of numerous large projects, studies, and evaluations from the planning and development stage to the daily logistics such as budgeting and product quality control. Through this work, Ms. Richard has gained substantive experience in collecting and analyzing data, and developing instruments and protocols, and authoring and reviewing technical reports.
Prior to joining edCount, Ms. Richard served as a Research Associate at Educational Testing Service, where she conducted job analyses and research projects as part of professional licensure examination development. She was responsible for planning, designing, and conducting validation studies, developing questionnaires, and conducting statistical analyses. She has also co-authored several technical reports documenting validation results for teacher assessment instruments. As a Project Director with National Evaluation Systems, Inc., Ms. Richard managed the development and administration of teacher licensure assessment systems including long-range project planning, daily project management, budget management, quality control, standard setting, and planning and production of research studies in response to client needs. Ms. Richard also oversaw the development of test frameworks, test items, scoring systems, and score reporting activities.
Ms. Richard earned her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron where her studies included testing and research methods.