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Executive Team
Richard S. Brown

Richard S. Brown


As Chief Research Officer, Rich oversees evaluation of the effectiveness of NMSI’s programs and collaborates with national research organizations to evaluate best practices in teacher preparation and classroom teaching.

“NMSI is dramatically changing the lives of students by improving their opportunities in math and science,” Rich said. “By engaging in rigorous research, we have the evidence to prove the impact NMSI programs are having. I am proud to be a part of that.”

Rich joined NMSI in September 2014. He previously served as an associate research professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and as assistant professor of education and director of the Center for Research in Educational Assessment and Measurement at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to his professorships, Rich worked as a senior researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. Rich also has conducted research on developing an indicator system for California public schools and exploring graphical representations of data to evaluate school performance. His recent work includes developing online adaptive assessments in mathematics, reading and English language fluency; alignment of testing systems between secondary and post-secondary educational systems; and measuring college readiness using cognitive diagnostic models.

Rich holds an MBA from UCI and a Doctorate in Advanced Quantitative Methods from UCLA.