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Diana Pullin


Diana Pullin, Lynch School of Education

Diana C. Pullin, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Education Law and Public Policy in the Lynch School of Education and the School of Law at Boston College.

The focus of all of my work has been the improvement of access to meaningful educational opportunity for all students.  My research focuses on the impact of law on education practice and the relationship between social science research and professional standards on the law.  In addition to my faculty role, I have served as Dean of our School of Education and as legal counsel for students, educators and schools in many different types of legal disputes, particularly over high stakes uses of testing.  I have published numerous books, chapters, and articles on education law and public policy, educational and employment testing, educator quality, educational accountability, and individuals with disabilities. I devote a great deal of time to serving as a volunteer expert at the National Academy of Sciences, advising Congress and state and federal government officials on education policy issues. I also work as an advisor to lawyers on issues concerning the use of experts in educational and employment litigation involving testing.

I am a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and served on the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. I was most recently Associate Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Educational Policy.

My current research initiatives include:

Accountability initiatives in higher education and the rise of the education consumer.

An ongoing study of the legal issues and social science associated with the use of value-added and student growth models to assess educator quality and to promote accountablility in elementary and secondary education and teacher education.

An evaulation of the impact of the Washington, D.C. education reform statute of 2007 conducted by a team of experts convened by the National Academy of Sciences.

A long-term analysis of the impact of law-based approaches to education reform and the pursuit of meaningful educational opportunitiy.

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