Biographical sketch on Walter M. Haney









Patousai, or Arch of Triumph, in Vientiane, Laos. Constructed in 1958 on Lan Xang Avenue, the architecture is inspired from the Arc de triomphe of Paris with Typical Lao motifs.


Walt Haney, Ed.D., Professor of Education at Boston College and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Testing Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), specializes in educational evaluation and assessment and educational technology. He has published widely on testing and assessment issues in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Review of Educational Research, and Review of Research in Education and in wide-audience periodicals such as Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Washington Post. He has served on the editorial boards of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice and the American Journal of Education and on the National Advisory Committee of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation.

The recent book, The Fractured Marketplace for Standardized Testing (Haney, Madaus & Lyons 1993) presents an analysis of the testing industry in the United States. For the last several years, Haney has been directing a CSTEEP project aimed at implementing new models of assessment in schools developed under the Co-NECT project of Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc. with funding from the New American Schools Development Corporation. He has also served as an expert witness in federal court cases concerning testing and assessment (for the Office of the Attorney General of New York and the U.S. Department of Justice) and has recently been consulting on a case in which it is alleged that the National Merit Scholarship program has been discriminating against women. Among other current special topics, Haney is interested in educational applications of the World Wide Web, using innovative forms of assessment (such as children's drawings and computerized assessments) to make assessment more educationally useful, an anomaly in the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and cheating on tests (and statistical methods used -- and sometimes misused -- to detect cheating).

In the past three years, Walt and others have been investigating the use of student drawings as a means of documenting the educational ecology of classrooms and schools. Though we have not yet published extended accounts of this work, two brief accounts of this work are:

Olsen, Lynn (1995). School portraits: When it comes to sizing up what students think about education, a picture may be worth a thousand words. Education Week, April 24, 1995, p. 29.

Tovey, Roberta (1996). Getting kids into the picture: Student drawings help teachers see themselves more clearly. Harvard Education Letter, Nov./Dec, 1996, 5-6.

As these accounts explain, over the last few years, we have been involved in projects that led to asking several thousand elementary and secondary school students to draw pictures of their teachers at work in the classroom.  So last fall, in the spirit of doing unto oneself what you would have done to others, Walt asked graduate students to draw a picture of Walt Haney teaching his course. The image at the top of my home page is a reproduction of one such drawing. The drawings were requested anonymously, so I cannot credit the artist. But whoever you were, THANKS!!

The picture at the top of this page is from Vientiane, Laos, where I worked as a teacher from 1968 to 1971.

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