John Whitmer is a Senior Fellow to the Institute for Education Statistics (IES), the largest federal education research agency in the United States. His work is focused on the analysis of ecologically valid and “big” data (e.g. process data, open-ended assessment responses) to improve the education opportunities provided to all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. He collaborates with IES stakeholders to implement contemporary data science methods into operational programs, expand access and usability of IES data, and support the creation of a program for new fellows to modernize IES analytical approaches. Open science practices are a key focus of his current work.
An educational researcher by training, John holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis and a Master’s Degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC Davis.