For nearly two decades, Ray has led research and program evaluations on efforts to improve students’ transition from secondary school to postsecondary school and to the workforce. He has also worked on a variety of projects examining informal learning in out-of-school settings and high school reform, and has been involved in studying recruitment, retention, and induction programs designed to prepare postsecondary students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
At Equal Measure, Ray directs and contributes to the evaluations of several national multi-site initiatives in the fields of college access and success, youth economic development, family and economic security, and STEM. His work includes projects with two U.S. Department of Labor-funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) evaluations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Family Economic Security Workforce Development Pilots, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s investment to enhance teaching practices and establish institutional incentives to increase the number of STEM college graduates, and RISE for Boys and Men of Color.
Prior to joining Equal Measure, Ray was a senior research scientist in SRI International’s education division. At SRI, he coordinated a number of national program evaluations, such as: an examination of grants supporting undergraduate computing reform for the National Science Foundation – including assessing their implementation and impact and providing evaluation technical assistance to grantees; and an evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which involved using mixed methods to examine program quality in the provision of out-of-school enrichment and academic support to students in Title I districts. Ray also led evaluations in Virginia examining the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM and the improvement of middle grades mathematics achievement in rural schools.
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