Henry Braun
Boisi Chair in Education and Public Policy


  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Value-added

Henry Braun has held the Boisi Chair in Education and Public Policy in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College since 2007. From 1979 to 2006 he worked at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J., where he served as vice president for research management from 1989 to 1999 and, now retired, he holds the title of distinguished presidential appointee. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from McGill University as well as a master’s and doctorate, both in mathematical statistics, from Stanford University. He has served on a number of national and international committees and is widely sought after as a speaker and lecturer. Braun has done considerable work in the area of value-added modeling and authored “Using Student Progress to Evaluate Teachers: A Primer on Value-Added Models,” published in 2006. He was a major contributor to the OECD monograph “Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes: Best Practices to Assess the Value-added of Schools” in 2008 and chair of the NRC panel that recently issued the publication “Getting Value Out of Value-Added: Report of a Workshop.” His current projects involve inequality of opportunity and rankings in higher education.