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Henry May, PhD, is Director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) and Associate Professor specializing in Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Dr. May’s primary areas of expertise include methods for program evaluation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, causal inference, multilevel modeling, longitudinal analysis, item response theory (IRT), and missing data theory.
Dr. May is the Principal Investigator (PI) with Elizabeth Farley-Ripple for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded Center for Research Use in Education, which is currently conducting a large-scale mixed methods study of how and when schools use research and how researchers strive to connect their work with practice. Other current and recent research projects include the 2011-2015 randomized field trial and an IES-funded efficacy follow-up study of the $55M i3 Scale-Up of Reading Recovery, two IES-funded efficacy trials with PIs Charles MacArthur and Steve Amendum, a randomized evaluation of the Ohio Personalized Assessment Reporting System, a longitudinal study of the International Baccalaureate Students’ access, persistence, and performance in post-secondary education. Dr. May was also the primary author on an National Center for Education Evaluation technical methods report on the use of state test scores in education experiments from the IES.
Since 2003, Dr. May has taught advanced statistics and research methods courses to graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.
- PhD, Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
- BS, Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1997
- Director of CRESP, College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware, 2013–present
- Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware, 2012–present
- Senior Researcher and Statistician, Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), University of Pennsylvania, 2009–2012
- Researcher and Statistician, CPRE, University of Pennsylvania, 2004–2009
- Research Specialist, CPRE, University of Pennsylvania, 2003–2004
- Evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELS). Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) under a subcontract to Abt Associates. Allan Porowski, Project Director; Henry May, Key Personnel; Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Key Personnel. (09/19 to 09/21; $220,781).
- An Efficacy Follow-Up Study of the Long-Term Effects of Reading Recovery Under the i3 Scale-Up. Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Henry May, PI; Akisha Jones, Co-PI. (08/17 to 07/20; $1,099,999).
- Supporting Strategic Writers: Effects of an Innovative Developmental Writing Program on Writing and Reading Outcomes. Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Charles MacArthur, PI; Henry May, Co-PI. (07/16 to 06/21; $3,245,858).
- Investigating the Efficacy of a Web-Based Early Reading Intervention Professional Development Program for K-1 English Learners. Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Steve Amendum, PI; Henry May, Co- PI. (07/16 to 06/21; $3,299,115).
- Developing a Fraction Sense Intervention for Students with or at Risk for Mathematics Difficulties. Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Nancy Jordan, PI; Henry May, Senior Advisor. (07/16 to 06/20; $1,859,462).
- Strategic Data Partnership on Teacher and Leader Effectiveness. Funder: Delaware Department of Education. (Henry May, PI). (12/15 to 09/20; $1,562,278)
- The Center for Research Use in Education (CRUE). Funded by the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Henry May, PI; Elizabeth Farley-Ripple Co-PI. (08/15 to 07/20; $4,999,958).
Recent Professional Awards
- American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Reviewer Award, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2018
- Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network, 2009, for Goldring, E., Huff, J., May, H., & Camburn, E., (2008). School context and individual characteristics: What influences principal practice? Journal of Educational Administration, 46(3), 332-352.
- AERA Outstanding Reviewer Award, Review of Education Research, 2009