Dr. Nancy R. Lawrence is a Senior Research Director at 21PSTEM with qualitative research experience in the realm of math education and the role of student assessment in educational reform. She has expertise across a range of topics, including formative assessments, organizational culture, workplace learning, gender politics, and community and political activism. Presently, Dr. Lawrence is the principal investigator of a 2.4 million dollar NSF-funded study examining the effects of implementing a proficiency-based grading system in 9th grade mathematics classrooms in schools in the mid-Atlantic region called PARLO: Proficiency-based Assessment and Reassessment of Learning Outcomes. Previously, at Research for Action, Lawrence served as co-director of a national study of how secondary mathematics teachers implement and integrate math lessons and tools aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Prior to joining Research for Action, Lawrence was with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) for eight years working on several evaluation and implementation studies, including a study of the School District of Philadelphia’s Children Achieving initiative and a project directed at changing science teachers’ classroom practices through ongoing, sustained professional development and funded by the Merck Institute for Science Education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Educational Foundations
M.A., Michigan State University, Family and Child Ecology
B.S., Colorado State University, Child Development