Beth Tarasawa, PhD

Vice President of Research

Beth Tarasawa leads a talented team of researchers devoted to transforming education research through advancements in assessment, growth measurement, and the availability of longitudinal data. She also collaborates with universities, foundations, and school districts to produce rigorous and accessible education policy research.

Dr. Tarasawa’s research focuses on issues related to educational equity, particularly those concerning social class, race, and linguistic diversity. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, and Spencer Foundation, and it’s been featured by PBS’s NewsHour, Children’s Institute, The Hechinger Report, The Atlantic, and New America. Dr. Tarasawa teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. Prior to joining NWEA, she was a faculty member at Washington State University and St. Norbert College. She completed a PhD in sociology of education with a concentration in education policy at Emory University.