Albert E. Beaton

Albert Beaton

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Boston College
Location: Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

Albert Beaton, Augustus C. Long Professor Emeritus at Boston College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational research and measurement.

Dr. Beaton has been recognized as Professor Emeritus of Boston College since 2005, ending an esteemed career filled with important research and academic achievements. Dr. Beaton began teaching at Boston College in 1960 as a lecturer. He returned to the institution as a professor of education in 1990, and from 2002 until his retirement, he became an Augustus Long Professor of Education. Earlier in his career, Dr. Beaton gained real world experience as the director of the Littauer Statistical Laboratory at Harvard University. In 1964, he joined the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, where he worked as an adviser of statistics and data analysis and then as a director of the Division of Measurement, Statistics and Data Analysis, Research. He served as Director of Research for the institution from 1981 to 1991.

Dr. Beaton began on his career path by first earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State Teachers College in Boston in 1955. He continued his studies at Harvard University, receiving a Master of Education in 1956, and a Doctor of Education in 1964. In addition to his primary roles, Dr. Beaton has been a visiting lecturer for a number of universities and institutions around the world. He has lectured and taught at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities in the United States, NUFFIC in The Hague, Netherlands and Trinity College of the University of Dublin. He was also a Research Associate at the Educational Research Centre in Dublin.

Dr. Beaton received the Wilcoxon Award from Technometrics, the Senior Scientist Award from the Educational Testing Service, and the Triennial Award for Technical Contribution to Educational Measurement from the National Council on Measurement in Education. He has had many consultancies including the World Bank and from 1966 to 1978 was a consultant to the NBC election coverage team.

Throughout his career, Dr. Beaton has contributed as author, coauthor, or participant in many important studies. He was Director of Data Analysis for the Educational Opportunities Survey (Coleman Report) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He was International Study Director of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

His publishing includes: “Large-Scale Group-Score Assessment in Advancing Human Assessment,” “Science Achievement in the Middle School Years,” “A new design for a new era,” “Implementing the new design:  NAEP 1983-84 technical report,” and “The NAEP Primer.”

Dr. Beaton has been involved in his professional circles as an honorary member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and as Chair of its Technical Advisory Committee and is a Fellow in the International Academy of Education. He has been an active member of the of the American Statistical Association, the Psychometric Society, and the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Beaton is proud of the work and data he has contributed to the field, and that he has served as an example to his students.

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