National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Arnold A. Goldstein, Ph. D.
Dr. Arnold Goldstein is Program Director for Design, Analysis, and Reporting for
the Assessment Division of the National Center for Education Statistics, part of
the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Among his responsibilities
is designing strategies to increase the participation of students with disabilities
and English language learners in large-scale assessments.
Prior to coming to the Department of Education, Dr. Goldstein served with the Census
Bureau in several capacities, working in areas as diverse as demographic, health,
and economic status of the elderly population; the condition of the nation’s housing;
and conducting training seminars for data users. Aside from his present position,
Dr. Goldstein’s education-related experience includes teaching English as a Foreign
Language in the Peace Corps in Thailand, preparing high school dropouts for the
GED examination in Philadelphia, and serving as president of his children’s school’s
Dr. Goldstein earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in City and Regional Planning
at the University of Pennsylvania. His Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University
of Michigan, where he majored in English. Dr. Goldstein is married, and has two
sons and three grandchildren.
Dr. Emmanuel Sikali
Dr. Emmanuel Sikali is the Senior Research Scientist and Director of Training Programs
for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of
Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. In this role, which he has held
since 2005, Dr. Sikali initiates research and contributes to the methodological
and technical aspects of the National Assessment of Educational Progress and other
student achievement reports. This includes monitoring the methodology, data collection,
scoring and reporting time of these reports. Additionally, Dr. Sikali oversees all
training activities within NCES. He is also a Mathematics and Statistics Instructor
at Strayer University.
Prior to working for NCES, Dr. Sikali worked in the statistical analysis field,
serving as a Senior Analyst for Synectics for Management Decisions Inc. in addition
to performing contract work for NCES on a variety of reports. As a contractor, he
not only trained researchers from across the globe on how to properly analyze report
data, but he also provided technical assistance and support services on the NCES
statistical database training. Dr. Sikali also served as a mathematics and statistics
instructor at George Mason University from 1997-2006, and taught mathematics at
the middle school and secondary school levels from 1992-1998.
Dr. Sikali completed his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Data Mining in 2004.
His dissertation was entitled Clustering of Massive Data Sets Using Nonlinear Programming.
He holds a masters degree from George Mason University in Operations Research and
Management Science and also earned a masters degree from The State University of
Ivonova in Russia in Mathematics and Physics. His Bachelor of Science degree is
from Yaoundé University in Cameroon, West Africa, where he majored in Mathematics.
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