Audrey Amrein-Beardsley received her doctorate in 2002 from Arizona State University in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on research methods. Awarded tenure in 2010 as exemplar, she is currently an associate professor at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Since 2011, she has been named as one of the top edu-scholars in the nation, honored for being a university-based academic who is contributing most substantially to public debates about the nation’s educational system. Amrein-Beardsley’s research interests include educational policy, educational measurement, research methods and, more specifically, high-stakes tests and value-added methodologies and systems. She is author of approximately 50 journal articles and an academic book published in 2014: “Rethinking Value-Added Models in Education Critical Perspectives on Tests and Assessment-Based Accountability.” She is creator of the blog VAMboozled! and is also the creator and host of Inside the Academy, during which she interviews and archives the personal and professional histories of some of the top educational researchers in the academy of education.