Achievement & Assessment Institute

Research Associates

Dr. Jade Caines Lee is an assistant professor of education at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Lee’s primary research interests relate to educational assessment and evaluation. She studies validity and fairness issues as they relate to instrument development, evaluates interventions that may improve teaching and learning, and collaborates with practitioners to increase stakeholder participation in assessment and evaluation design.


Dr. Jie Chen is a project lead psychometrician at KU’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, another research center within the Achievement and Assessment Institute. She has 10 years of experience in large-scale assessments, research design and methodology, test development, and item analysis.


Dr. Carolyn Daoust is an independent researcher and consultant with 35 years of experience as a Montessori classroom teacher, teacher educator, and program coordinator. Dr. Daoust holds Montessori teaching credentials from the American Montessori Society (ages 3–6) and the Association Montessori Internationale (ages 6–12) and earned her doctorate from University of California, Berkeley in human development and education. Most recently Dr. Daoust was an associate professor at St. Mary’s College of California, where she was employed for 20 years. Her research interests include Montessori implementation and practice, Montessori teacher education, and children’s mathematical thinking. Dr. Daoust served on the board of directors of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and was a member of AMS's research committee from 2007 to 2013. She received the AMS Outstanding Thesis Award in 1996 and its Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2004.

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