Andrew Kolstad
Retired Senior Technical Advisor and Psychometrician


  • NAEP
  • Reading and literacy

Andrew Kolstad retired from the National Center for Education Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences, where he was the senior technical advisor and psychometrician for NCES’s Assessment Division, with oversight on technical issues for the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Assessments of Adult Literacy. Kolstad has presented findings from assessment data to both technical and non-technical audiences, including seminars on the psychometric and sampling procedures used in assessment surveys to such audiences as the National Assessment Governing Board, the NAGB’s Design and Analysis Committee, the NAEP Validity Studies Panel, and the NAEP Quality Assurance Technical Panel. He co-authored the 1993 report Adult Literacy in America and wrote the 2000 report The Response Probability Criterion and Its Impact on Adult Literacy Survey Findings. Kolstad earned his professional degrees in sociology. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Stanford University.