Markus Broer has more than 15 years of experience working on cross-cultural measurement issues, international comparative assessments (the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey, PIRLS), supporting assessments programs in a variety of countries (e.g., USA, Qatar, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Honduras), conducting educational research, as well as managing education, assessment, and research projects.
In his present position as a principal researcher/psychometrician in the Education Program at AIR, Dr. Broer is serving as the project director of the Research, Analysis and Psychometric Support component of a project that supports the National Center for Education Statistics with expert advice and technical assistance on issues related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
In his previous position at AIR’s International Development, Evaluation and Research program Dr. Broer has provided technical assistance in the area of student assessment to a variety of international projects. For example, 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. From 2007-2010 he was also the project manager for the multifaceted $16.5 million EXCELENCIA/USAID primary education improvement project in Nicaragua and managed two other AIR-led projects in that country.
In his previous position as the senior psychometrician of the Student Assessment Office under the Supreme Education Council of Qatar (2004-2007), Dr. Broer was involved in the development of the country’s national student assessment system (assessment on a yearly basis of student performance against newly developed curricular standards in all grades from 4-11 in major subjects areas). He also managed Qatar’s first participation in PIRLS (2006 cycle) as the country’s National Research Coordinator. 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 and led a research project on Differential Item Functioning in GRE writing prompts.
Dr. Broer received his Master’s and PhD in psychology with a specialization in measurement and cross-cultural psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria. His native language is German; he has near-native Spanish language skills and intermediate proficiency in French.