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Nancy Cole is an educational psychologist and expert on educational assessment. Cole is past president of the American Educational Research Association and the Educational Testing Service, and former Dean of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina. Her undergraduate education in psychology was at Rice University (B.A., 1964).

Cole co-authored Gender and Fair Assessment (Willingham & Cole, 1997), which is regarded as the most extensive study ever completed on gender and educational assessment. The study analyzed data from more than 400 assessments of over 15 million students.



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Willingham, W. W., & Cole, N. S. (1997). Gender and fair assessment. Mahwah, NJ, USA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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Preceded by:
Richard Shavelson
President of the

American Educational Research Association

Succeeded by:
Philip W. Jackson
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