James Madison University

Assessment & measurement alumni teach current students & faculty

PHOTO: Dr. Andrew  Jones and Dr. Carl  Setzer

Dr. Andrew Jones and Dr. Carl Setzer, alumni of the Assessment & Measurement PhD program, returned to JMU to provide a three-hour training session to current PhD, MA, and undergraduate students and faculty.

Their workshop, “Using R to Automatically Generate Technical, Research, & Score Reports”, addressed the practice, used by many organizations and researchers, of creating reports and manuscripts by manually copying information from statistical software output into a document. Such processes are inefficient and are susceptible to error. In their workshop Andrew and Carl demonstrated R’s capability to generate automated reports for technical documentation, research manuscripts, and examinee performance reports. The statistical software R, as implemented through R-Studio, was used to demonstrate report generation using R Markdown with KnitR and LaTeX. Examples of reports that participants generated include research manuscripts, technical reports, and examinee score reports.
Dr. Andrew Jones, an A&M PhD graduate in 2009, is currently the Director of Psychometrics at the American Board of Surgery. Andrew was previously a Research Scientist at the American Board of Internal Medicine and Psychometrician at the American Board of Surgery.

Carl Setzer, an A&M PhD graduate in 2008, is currently Lead Psychometrician at AICPA. Carl was previously the Senior Psychometrician at GED Testing Services.

Andrew and Carl also graciously discussed internship opportunities offered by their companies to graduate students. The Assessment & Measurement PhD program thank these alumni for their continued support of our students.