CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Henry May

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE

Associate Professor of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware; Director, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP)

Professional Biography

Henry May, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. May’s primary areas of expertise include methods for program evaluation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, multilevel modeling, longitudinal analysis, item response theory (IRT), and missing data theory. His current and recent research projects include the evaluation of the Reading Recovery i3 Scale-Up, a randomized evaluation of the National Institute for School Leadership, a randomized evaluation of the Ohio Personalized Assessment Reporting System, a regression discontinuity study of the America’s Choice Ramp-Up to Mathematics program, and a longitudinal study of the International Baccalaureate Students’ access, persistence, and performance in postsecondary education. May has extensive experience collecting and analyzing survey and activity log data from large samples of teachers and schools. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Education Finance and Policy, Education Administration Quarterly, the Elementary School Journal, the Journal of School Leadership, the American Journal of Evaluation, and the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics. He was also the primary author on an NCEE Technical Methods report from the Institute of Education Sciences on the use of state test scores in education experiments. Over the past decade, he has taught advanced statistics courses to graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Achievement testing & assessment