Garron Gianopulos, PhD
Garron Gianopulos leads NWEA’s through-year assessment design on GMAP. Dr. Gianopulos has a broad interest in the practical application of IRT in the development of formative, interim, and summative assessments, and his latest research interests have focused on the use of explanatory IRT, structural equation modeling, and data visualization techniques to validate theories of learning. Prior to joining NWEA in 2018, he was a psychometrician at North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Professional Testing Inc., and the University of South Florida. While at NCDPI, Dr. Gianopulos led the development of end-of-year and end-of-course summative assessments in mathematics and interim assessments in multiple subjects. As a psychometrician at North Carolina State, he supported the development of formative diagnostic mathematics assessments centered around learning trajectories. Dr. Gianopulos also served on the North Carolina TAC until his transition to NWEA. Dr. Gianopulos holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational measurement and research and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational measurement and evaluation, both from the University of South Florida.