Thomas J. Kelsh

Biography

Thomas J. Kelsh, Ed.D.  Vice President of Evaluation Services, 21st CCLC Principal Investigator

Thomas Kelsh holds an Ed.D. in Program Evaluation from the State University of New York at Albany and has managed statewide evaluation projects since 1993.  Prior to his employment at Measurement Incorporated, Dr. Kelsh worked for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department where he conducted numerous program evaluation and survey research studies focused on students with disabilities and pre- and in-service teacher education.  Since joining MI, he has directed several evaluation studies with national significance (Evaluation of the New York State Education Department Title I Schoolwide Program Initiative, the Evaluation of New York State’s Persistently Lowest Performing Schools, and the Evaluation of the USDE Expanding the Reach Project). In addition, Dr. Kelsh has had the primary responsibility for oversight on many noteworthy and important statewide evaluation studies germane to extended learning opportunities and school turnaround initiatives including the

  • Evaluation of Illinois’ Title 1 System of School Support;
  • Evaluation of New York City’s System of Regional School Support;
  • Evaluation of New York State’s GEAR UP Initiative;
  • Evaluation of Massachusetts’ Comprehensive School Reform Program; and
  • Evaluation of New York State’s Supplemental Educational Services Program.

 

Findings and products from both the Title 1 and Expanding the Reach evaluation studies have been shared with the U.S. Department of Education and the education departments in all 50 states.  Dr. Kelsh is an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and member—and former President of—the New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYCEC).