Areas of Expertise
- Education Assessment and Evaluation in Developing Countries
- International Development
- International Comparisons in Education
- Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Ph.D. and M.A., Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
- Phone: (202) 403-5728
Principal Researcher, International Development, Evaluation, and Research Program
Markus Broer has more than ten years of experience working with international comparative assessments, supporting assessments programs in a variety of countries, conducting educational research, and managing mid- to large-scale international development projects. In his present position as a principal researcher at the International Development Program at AIR, he has provided technical assistance in the area of student assessment to a variety of international projects.
Dr. Broer provided technical assistance in developing summative and/or formative assessments for USAID projects in Nicaragua, Honduras and Pakistan. Moreover, since 2007 Dr. Broer has been working closely with the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment (UCEQA) on the standardized Ukrainian university entrance tests (e.g. capacity building efforts in assessment and psychometrics for a variety of audiences; supporting item writing efforts for the four modern foreign language tests; introducing international frameworks for higher-order skills assessment in science subjects; supporting efforts to switch to holistic essay scoring). He also supported standard setting efforts in a project in Namibia; led an evaluation of UNICEF Child Friendly Schools in Nicaragua, conducted item writing workshops in Honduras. Dr. Broer has ample experience with project management in an international context. From 2007-2010, he managed the multifaceted $16.5 million EXCELENCIA/USAID primary education improvement project in Nicaragua. Dr. Broer also managed the 2008-2011 USDOL ENTERATE project against child labor in Nicaragua. Currently, he is managing a USAID project focusing on strengthening the capacity of a key local NGO and USAID implementer in the Atlantic Coast region of Nicaragua. In this project, AIR provides technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of finance and administration, human resources management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and youth at-risk programming.
In his previous position, as the Senior Psychometrician of the Student Assessment Office (under the Supreme Education Council of Qatar), Dr. Broer managed Qatar’s first participation in PIRLS as the country’s National Research Coordinator. In that position he was also involved in the development of the countries national student assessment system. Before that, Dr. Broer worked as a visiting scholar in the Center for Global Assessment at the Educational Testing Service where he worked on the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills survey as well as leading a research project on Differential Item Functioning in GRE writing prompts. Dr. Broer is a member of the Working group on Minimum Standards of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and a member of the Measures and Methods Working Group (post-primary) of the Learning Metrics Task Force. His native language is German, and he has near-native Spanish language skills and intermediate proficiency in French.