Press Release for Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Educational Researcher William Sanders Speaks at Schultz Center

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. William Sanders, director of the Value-Added Assessment and Research Division at SAS Institute, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at the Schultz Center, located off of Beach Boulevard.

Sanders is well known in the education field for developing the Tennessee’s Value-Added Assessment System. By disaggregating standardized test data and using the student as his/her own control group, Sanders measures the effect of a particular curriculum or teacher on student achievement.

As a result of his work with TVAAS, Sanders became an advisor to the Tennessee House and Senate Education Committees, with many of his suggestions concerning measurement of outcomes being incorporated into the Educational Improvement Act (1992). Over the past 19 years of research, Sanders and his colleagues have expanded upon the TVAAS research, demonstrating that value-added educational outcome assessment can be measured fairly, objectively and in an unbiased manner.

As a result of this research, Sanders has made numerous presentations to governmental, educational, scientific, business and public groups across the nation. As director of SAS Institute in Schools, he provides guidance to education officials in several states in the development and augmentation of their educational accountability systems.

This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series—“Leaving No One Behind,” sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services. For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF, which are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.