Marian Eaton, a senior researcher at AIR, has served in a wide range of technical and managerial roles on studies relating to magnet schools, teacher professional development, class-size reduction, and the education of English Learners for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the California State Department of Education (CDE). She currently directs the Evaluation of Conversion Magnet Schools, a study commissioned by the National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) in the U.S. Department of Education. The Evaluation is an interrupted time series study that uses several years of student-level data obtained from school districts to explore trends in student achievement and enrollment composition in a national sample of schools that received federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds to initiate magnet school programs. Her work on recent studies has included developing data collection instruments, such as classroom observation protocols and coding schemes, a teacher knowledge test, and surveys; training and overseeing the work of classroom observers, collectors of district data files, and coders; developing OMB packages and restricted-use data file submissions for ED; developing data files and conducting statistical analyses; and authoring reports.
Dr. Eaton has extensive experience in working with large databases, including student- and school-level state assessment data files; the 1985 Young Adult Literacy Assessment; the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey; the 1990, 1992, and 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics; Common Core of Data Nonfiscal Survey (CCD); and the California Comprehensive Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS).