Kevin PetwaySenior Research Scientist

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Kevin brings noncognitive research expertise and extensive experience with psychometrics to help support our character programs. Prior to joining our team in 2017, Kevin was the research lead and principal investigator for the Character Skills Snapshot at Educational Testing Service (ETS). He was integral to the development of the assessment, contributing his expertise to its design and analysis. In addition, he became the principal investigator for the Mission Skills Assessment, which allowed him to work on improving the assessment’s validity and others’ understanding of its validity.

During his time at ETS, Kevin was also able to collaborate with myriad organizations to help them develop and validate character-related K-12 programs. For example, he assisted the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) and Transforming Education address the issue of reference bias in their effort to develop a short social and emotional learning (SEL) assessment; and he lead the development of a measure of entrepreneurial mindset for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Kevin is a frequent disseminator of research, with over 45 conference and client meeting presentations, and numerous publications and white papers. He has engaged and worked with a number of K-12 education and SEL thought leaders, including CASEL, Angela Duckworth, and Richard Roberts. Kevin holds a PhD and MA in quantitative psychology from the University of Southern California, and a BA in psychology and environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.