David Manzeske, a principal researcher at AIR, specializes in research on educator effectiveness. Examples of his work include instrument development, large-scale data collection, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, and quantitative analyses, such as multilevel modeling and psychometrics.
Dr. Manzeske currently serves as a task leader for the Institute of Education Sciences’ (IES) Impact Evaluation of Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems, which is a five-year, randomized controlled trial that will test the impact of a model evaluation system that provides feedback for teachers and principals using measures of student growth and professional practice. On this study, he oversees instrument development and data collection, such as the collection and scoring of teacher classroom practice recordings. He also contributes to analysis and reporting. Dr. Manzeske directs the evaluation of two U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants: the Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Schools Strategic Compensation Program, and the 2010 Texas TIF Project operated by the Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness. He also directs the evaluation of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ATLAS program, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.