USICD Board Member and DDI Director Barbara LeRoy Awarded Prestigious Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship from OECD, Paris

October 14, 2014

DDI Director Awarded Prestigious Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship from OECD, Paris

Dr. Barbara LeRoy has been awarded a Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which is housed in Paris, France. The Fellowship will be implemented over the 2015 calendar year. As a fellow, Dr. LeRoy will work at OECD Headquarters with a team of analysts.
The OECD Directorate for Education launched the Fellowship program in 2012 to honor its former Director, Dr. Thomas J. Alexander. The Fellowship program seeks to develop and support improvements in education quality and equity through quantitative research, policy making, and leadership education. Applicants for the Fellowship are expected to use an existing OECD Education database to examine policy questions relevant to an international education audience.

Fellowship project:

LeRoy will use data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to examine the equity, participation, accommodations and performance of students with special educational needs in this standardized assessment. The study will be divided into two phases. The first phase will use the most recent PISA results to examine the current status of students with special educational needs by country, student demography, and academic performance. Between-student and within-student group comparisons will be made on the impact of learner behaviors and economic, social and cultural status on access, participation, and performance. The second phase of the study will examine the policy issues related to the implementation of PISA for students with special educational needs, including equity, access, and accommodation considerations.

Barbara LeRoy

LeRoy holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Michigan. She is the director of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (USA). She also holds a graduate faculty position in the University's College of Education. LeRoy's research focuses on the inclusion of students with special needs in regular education, including such related topics as post secondary transitions, family and individual quality of life, community inclusion, and self determination.

She is a Governor's appointed member of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, a board member of the United States International Council on Disabilities and Rehabilitation International, and a member of the Advisory Panel to the 2013 State of the World's Children with Disabilities (UNICEF).