Garron Gianopulos, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Garron Gianopulos joined NWEA in 2018 as a Senior Research Scientist. Prior to NWEA, 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 lead the development of end-of-year and end-of-course summative assessments in Mathematics and interim assessments in multiple subjects. As a psychometrician at NC State, he supported the development of formative diagnostic Math assessments centered around learning trajectories. Dr. Gianopulos served on the NC technical advisory group until his transition to NWEA.

Dr. Gianopulos holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Measurement and Research from the University of South Florida. Although Dr. Gianopulos has a broad interest in the practical application of item response theory (IRT) in the development of formative, interim, and summative assessments, his latest research interests have focused on the use of explanatory IRT, structural equation modeling, and data visualization techniques to validate theories of learning.