Yeow Meng Thum, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Thum is a Senior Research Fellow pursuing methodological research on multivariate, multilevel models for behavioral and educational data, as well as topics in latent variable modeling, causal inference, and psychometrics. Dr. Thum has contributed to the development of multilevel growth modeling and to the measurement of school and teacher effectiveness. At NWEA, Dr. Thum developed a suite of school productivity indicators as well as the procedures employed in current MAP norming studies, both of which are used to inform instructional and accountability decisions. Dr. Thum’s research has appeared widely, including the Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics and the Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis. Prior to joining NWEA, Dr. Thum has taught advanced courses in educational statistics at the Department of Education at UCLA and the College of Education at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.