Wendy B. Surr has more than 30 years of experience leading research and evaluation studies and other educational initiatives, with extensive expertise in the development of assessment instruments that measure student-centered and competency-based practices and associated deeper learning outcomes.
As a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research, Surr leads a multi-state deeper learning initiative to advance state-level levers that drive deeper learning practices. In addition, Surr serves as the content lead for a project to develop and validate student and teacher surveys and design a personalized learning framework for LEAP Innovations, a private, non-profit network of personalized learning schools in the Midwest. Surr also leads the development of survey instruments to measure competency-based education practices in three states for a study funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. In recent years, Surr has served as a senior researcher on a study of student-centered teaching practices in high school mathematics classrooms; cocreated a comprehensive assessment system for Massachusetts's 21st Century Community Learning Centers, including the development and psychometric testing of the Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices tool (APT) and the Survey of Afterschool Youth Outcomes tool (SAYO); and served as co-principal investigator and project director for a multi-year observation instrument validation study funded by the William T. Grant Foundation.