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Dr. David Silver

Dr. David Silver leads our Education Division, which conducts research and provides implementation support for funders, educators, and policy-makers to improve outcomes for students and their schools. IMPAQ’s Education Division focus areas include after school and expanded learning, college and career readiness, early childhood learning, educator development, socio-emotional learning, school and system effectiveness, language acquisition, education equity, and science, technology, engineering & math (STEM). 

Expertise

Dr. Silver’s methodological expertise covers measurement, hierarchical and structural modeling, indicator development, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, and survey design. He has a strong commitment to mixed methods research and extensive experience managing teams that include statisticians, developmental evaluators, improvement scientists, and accessible social science writers.

Clients

Dr. Silver has 25 years of experience working with a wide range of clients including the US Department of Education, Bezos Foundation, Aspen Institute, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Florida Department of Education, the California Governor’s Office, California Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, New York City Public Schools, New Haven Public Schools, Fort Wayne Community School District, The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), Princeton University, The Broad Center, the City of Seattle, Living Cities, Fund for Shared Insight, and City Year.

Prior Experience

Before coming to IMPAQ International, Dr. Silver was the Founding Director of RTI’s Center for Evaluation and the Study of Educational Equity. He has designed and led evaluations of Federal, state, and philanthropic programs for 25 years. From 2010 to 2014 Dr. Silver oversaw evaluations of the largest domestic investments at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including the $300 million investment in measuring and bolstering teacher effectiveness, the MDRC evaluation of NYC Small Schools, American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) study of Early College High Schools, and Mathematica Policy Research’s study of charter school impact. While at the Gates Foundation, he designed evaluations of their education strategy and authored their K-12 Evaluation Guidelines. Prior to that, he held senior research positions at the Yale Child Study Center, University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC/ACCORD), and The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Education

David received his PhD in Advanced Quantitative Methods from the UCLA Graduate School of Education, his MEd in Education Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and his BA in English and American Literature from Brown University.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Irving, K. E., Pape, S. J., Owens, D. T., Abrahamson, A. L., Silver, D. & Sanalan, V. A. (2016). Classroom connectivity and Algebra 1 achievement: A three-year longitudinal study. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 4(2) 131-151.

Silver, D. (2016, April). The Critical Role of Non-University Research Centers in Scholarship on Educational Equity. Presidential Session at 2016 Conference of the American Education Research Association, Washington, DC.

Warkentien, S. & Silver, D. (2016, March). Alternative Methods for Estimating Achievement Trends and School Effects: When Is Simple Good Enough? Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Silver, D. (Discussant). (2016, March). Education and life cycle transitions symposium scaling up early colleges: Implementation and impacts across settings. Presentation at The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring Conference, Washington, DC.

Silver, D. (2014, April). Solving issues of educational equity through research and technology. Presidential Session at 2014 Conference of the American Education Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Pape, S. J., Irving, K. E., Owens, D. T., Boscardin, C. K., Sanalan, V. A., Abrahamson, A. L. & Silver, D. (2012). Classroom connectivity in Algebra I classrooms: Results of a randomized control trial. Effective Education, 4(2), 169–189.

Huang, D., Silver, D., Cheung, M., Duong, N., Gualpa, A., Hodson, C. & Vazquez, V. (2011). Independent Statewide Evaluation of After School Programs ASES and 21st CCLC Year 2 Annual Report (CRESST Report 789). Presented at the University of California, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.

Silver, D., Dietel, R. J. & Saunders, M. (2011). Stemming the dropout tide. American School Board Journal, 198(8), 26.

Silver, D. (2009, April). Testing 101: A primer for journalists. Presentation at the National Education Writers of America 62nd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Silver, D. (2008, December). Rigorous quasi-experimental design for evaluating voluntary public school choice. Presentation at the Office of Parental Options and Information Project Directors Conference; USDOE, OII, Washington, DC.

Silver, D., Greenleaf, C. & Brown, W. (2008, November). The integrated learning assessment (ILA): A tool for assessing students’ literacy and content understanding in science. Presentation at CAESL 2008 International Conference on Assessment of Learning in Science.

Oakes, J., Mendoza, J. & Silver, D. (2007). California Opportunity Indicators: Informing and monitoring California’s progress toward equitable college access. In Orfield, Gandara (Eds.), Expanding Opportunity in Higher Education: Leveraging Promise.

Silver, D. & Saunders, M. (2007, April). High school completion in the Los Angeles Unified School District: The cumulative impact of low achievement, inadequate school resources, and demography. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Oakes, J., Mendoza, J. & Silver, D. (2003, October). California opportunity indicators: Monitoring equity in college access. Paper presentation at Harvard Civil Rights Conference, Boston, MA.

Silver, D., Oakes, J., Allen, W. R., Solorzano, D., Brown, W., Mendoza, J. & Nao, K. G. (2002, April). Equity in access to higher education: A quantitative analysis of barriers to eligibility for the University of California. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Silver, D., Schwab-Stone, M. & Seltzer, B. K. (2000, April). A multilevel model of school dropout. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Schwab-Stone, M., Chen, C. S., Greenberger, E., Silver, D., Lichtman, J. & Voyce, C. K. (1999). No Safe Haven II: The effects of violence exposure on urban youth. Journal of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38(4), 359–367.

Robinson, C., Tamborlane, W. V., Maggs, D. G., Enoksson, S., Sherwin, R. S., Silver, D., et al. (1998). Effect of insulin on glycerol production in obese and lean adolescents. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 37(4), E737–E743.

Chen, C. S., Silver, D., Greenberger, E. & Schwab-Stone, M. (1998, March). Exposure to violence and adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing behaviors: A two-year longitudinal study. Presentation at biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA.

Schwab-Stone, M., Lichtman, J., Silver, D. & Voyce, C. K. (1997, October). Overcoming social challenges for youth for the year 2000. APA Institute on Psychiatric Services, Washington, DC.

Schwab-Stone, M., Lichtman, J., Silver, D., Kasprow, W. J., Voyce, C. K., Nygren, M. & Crowther, B. (1997, October). No safe haven: Community violence exposure in urban youth.

Kain, Z., Mayes, L. & Silver, D. (1995). Parental presence during induction of anesthesia: A randomized trial. Anesthesiology, 83, 101–108.

Silver, D. The opportunity gap behind the achievement gap: “Opportunity indicators” reveal how unequal school conditions beget unequal college access. Doctoral dissertation.

Previous Reports

Silver, D., Hansen, M., Herman, J., Silk, Y. & Greenleaf, C. L. (2011). IES integrated learning assessment final report. Report prepared for the University of California, Los Angeles National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), Los Angeles, CA.

Silk, Y., Silver, D., Amerian, S., Nishimura, C. & Boscardin, C. (2011). IES teacher assignment final report. (CRESST Report 786). Report prepared for the University of California, Los Angeles National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), Los Angeles, CA.

Silk, Y., Silver, D., Amerian, S., Nishimura, C. & Boscardin, C. (2009). Using Classroom Artifacts to Measure the Efficacy of Professional Development. (CRESST Report 761). Report prepared for the University of California, Los Angeles National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), Los Angeles, CA.

Saunders, M., Silver, D. & Zarate, E. (2008, December). The impact of high schools on student achievement in the Los Angeles Unified School District: A value-added approach. Report prepared for the Los Angeles Unified School District Latino Scorecard Education Action Team, Lose Angeles, CA.

Silver, D., Saunders, M. & Zarate, E. (2008, June). What factors predict high school graduation in the Los Angeles Unified School District? Report prepared for the University of California, Santa Barbara California Dropout Research Project, Santa Barbara, CA.

Oakes, J., Rogers, J., Silver, D., Valladares, S., Terriquez, V., McDonough, P., et al. (2006). Removing the roadblocks: Fair college opportunities for all California students. Report prepared for the University of California All Campus Consortium for Research Diversity (UC/ACCORD) and University of California, Los Angeles Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (UCLA/IDEA), Los Angeles, CA.