Kevin L. Brown is a Deputy Director of NORC's Academic Research Center. He previously worked in a similar role for the Data Research and Development Center after coming to NORC from the National Institute for Social Science Information (NISSI), where he supervised the production of several digital libraries of education research in cooperation with REL-Midwest and the U.S. Department of Education.
Brown's responsibilities at NORC include assessing the technical assistance needs of federally funded education research projects and coordinating the delivery of such assistance. Other duties at the ARC-STEM support center include developing activities to build community among funded projects and disseminating information about REESE projects via the ARC-STEM website and through print publications directed at various stakeholder groups.
Brown also served as Associate Project Director for NORC's contract with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the Growth Model Pilot Program (GMPP), initiated by USED to give schools credit for students who are on track to proficiency in determinations of adequate yearly progress. He managed the qualitative component of the evaluation, which was designed to measure the implementation, dissemination, and practical impact of GMPP using in-depth interviews with state education officials. Previous experience working with SEAs includes an IES Fast Response survey of state education officials that resulted in an Issues & Answers report on the use of longitudinal data systems in seven Midwestern states. Brown also managed evaluations of the Center for Education (CFE) at the National Academies and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Program on Workplace, Workforce, and Working Families.