Directors of

Research & Evaluation

The 2020 AERA meeting in San Francisco has been canceled; alternative online/virtual options are pending. Implications for DRE are forthcoming.

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Welcome to the Directors of Research & Evaluation (DRE) website.

The purpose of this site is to inform people about our organization and to connect those who do research and evaluation work in schools. If you conduct or oversee the research, assessment and/or accountability functions of a school district please join us!

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The Directors of Research have a long history, and our predecessor DREs actually started what would become the largest education research organization in North America. In 1915, eight founding members met at the NEA conference in Cincinnati to form the National Association of Directors of Educational Research.

This served as the foundation for the group later incorporated as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the DRE focused group evolved into the Directors of Research and Evaluation, affiliated with AERA Division H.

The organization has been meeting annually in conjunction with the AERA meeting for decades.