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Sarah Clark McKenzie

Sarah Clark McKenzie

Executive Director of OEP

College of Education and Health Professions

(EDRE)-Education Reform

Phone: 479-575-3773

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Dr. McKenzie is the Executive Director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. A teacher at heart, Sarah has taught students from pre-kindergarten to university level, has provided training and consulting to public school districts, and has presented nationally and internationally on educational statistics.  Since her days as an elementary teacher, Sarah has been an advocate for valid and reliable assessment data for students.  She is passionate about using high quality data with students, teachers and parents to inform their educational decisions.  Dr. McKenzie received her B.S. in literature from Claremont McKenna College, M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College, and Ph.D. in Education Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Arkansas.

Ph.D.  Educational Statistics and Research Methods   August 2009

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.


M.A.  Emphasizing Early Childhood Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential  May 1994

Mills College, Oakland, CA.


B.A.  cum laude in Literature   May 1992

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Mulvenon, S., Stegman, C., Newgent, R, Daniel, A., McKenzie, S., Lee, S, Ogle N, & Featherston, L. (2008). All Children Excel in School (ACES): Evaluation of Comprehensive Counseling Interventions to Address No Child Left Behind Legislation.  Submitted to the Educational Research and Policy Studies Journal (ERPS).


Mulvenon, S.,Wang, K., McKenzie, S. & Airola, D. (2006). A Case Study: Using Geographic Information Systems for Education Policy Analyses. Educational Research Quarterly. V30, pg. 44-54.


Mulvenon, S., McKenzie, S., Thorn, T. and Williams, T., (2004). Teacher’s Attitudes Towards the Use of Standardized Testing: Implications for Practice. The Arkansas Educational Research and Policy Studies Journal, v3, pg. 61-80.

Office for Education Policy

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.                                  Winter 2014 – Current

            Executive Director

Conduct analysis of varied educational data to inform policy decisions. Oversee broad research agenda and grant funded projects.  Write policy briefs, educational reports and weekly blogs about educational issues.  Supervise and support graduate student research. Conduct evaluations of educational initiatives and support school district improvement.


     Curriculum Management Systems, Inc, Johnston, IA.                       Fall 2010 – Current

            Certified Curriculum Auditor

Participate in curriculum audits of public school systems, including classroom walkthoughs, interviews with stakeholders, trend data analysis, and writing of the audit. Audits completed include: Boston Public Schools, Fort Worth Independent School District, Tucson Unified School District, and Little Rock Public Schools.


     Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville, AR.                          Fall 2009 – Winter 2014

            Director, Assessment, Research and Accountability

Conducted data analysis and interpretation for FPS.  Presented information to stakeholder groups.  Oversaw all district assessment.  Developed Board Policies related to Curriculum and Instruction, Budgeting as well as the FPS curriculum management plan.  Conducted evaluations of programs and interventions.  Provided professional development to staff.


      National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES)              University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.                              Fall 2003 – Spring 2007

            Project / Program Specialist

Oversaw projects and evaluations undertaken by NORMES. Lead statistical programmer in computation of Arkansas’ Adequate Yearly Progress Calculations. Created, maintained and utilized student-level achievement datasets for the state of Arkansas. Worked with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop and implement effective accountability models.  Facilitated staff cooperation and collaboration.  Directed and assisted graduate assistants in managing databases, statistical programming, summary report writing, grant writing, reviewing literature and researching.


     University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.



            IDEAS Seminar in Educational Assessment                    Summer 2006

            Developed and implemented, with Densie Airola, 60 hour seminar designed for      principals, program directors, curriculum supervisors, and teacher leaders             interested in    building their professional knowledge in the field of educational assessment. Topics           included: basic statistics, measurement theory, and current policy in education.


            EDFD 5393- Educational Assessment                                Summer 2005 

            Developed and implemented, with Sean Mulvenon and Densie Airola, 5000-level   course in Educational Assessment.  Topics included: Basic Statistics, measurement theory,          and current policy in education.


National Office for Rural Measurement and Evaluation Systems/

Office of Research, Measurement and Evaluation                Spring 2002 - Fall 2003

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Senior Graduate Researcher

Primary student member of the Community Cares funded ACES project in Springdale, AR.  Collect and clean data collected from teachers.  Write programs in SAS to analyze data and interpret the results.  Present results to teachers, principals, school district administrators and funding agency. 


      Central's Center for Children Fayetteville, AR.                   Fall 2000 - Fall 2001

            Lead Preschool Teacher

            Developed and implemented curriculum for children two- and four-years old.                                 Created assessments and conducted parent conferences.


Tassajara Hills Elementary School   Danville, CA.                Fall 1997 - Spring 1999

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

      Third Grade Teacher


Greenbrook Elementary School    Danville, CA.                     Fall 1994 - Spring 1997

San Ramon Valley Unified School District