Bea Birman
Institute Fellow


  • Federal policy
  • Poverty
  • Professional development

Beatrice Birman is an AIR Institute Fellow with three decades of experience evaluating education programs. She has conducted national evaluations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I, and the Eisenhower Professional Development Program (for mathematics and science teachers); has studied district and school reform efforts aimed at reducing gaps in student outcomes; and has evaluated numerous policy initiatives, including those promoting charter schools, early childhood programs, and the uses of educational technologies. Birman recently served on a National Research Council committee to evaluate public schools in Washington, D.C., and currently represents AIR on the new DC Education Consortium for Research and Evaluation (DCEdCORE). Prior to joining AIR, Birman was assistant director of education and employment issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She also held a number of positions in the U.S. Department of Education conducting policy analyses, directing program evaluations, and directing research grants programs for the education of children with disabilities. She has taught at The George Washington University and Stanford University.