Dr. Markus Broer is a principal researcher/psychometrician at AIR, where he is currently serving as the project director of the Research, Analysis and Psychometric Support component of a larger project (ESSIN Task 14). ESSIN Task 14 supports the National Center for Education Statistics with expert advice and technical assistance on issues related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In his previous position at AIR, Dr. Broer provided technical assistance in the area of student assessment to a variety of international projects (e.g. in Ukraine, Nicaragua, Honduras, Pakistan, Namibia) and managed the multifaceted $16.5 million EXCELENCIA/USAID primary education improvement project in Nicaragua (as well as 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, Dr. Broer was involved in the development of the country’s national student assessment system and he also managed Qatar’s first participation in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (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 Ph.D. 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.