John Kucsera, Ph.D. is an Arroyo Research Services Senior Associate. He leads program evaluations for universities, school districts and state education agencies. Kucsera has over 10 years of education research experience providing evaluative, psychometric, and quantitative services to organizations seeking to determine the impact of interventions designed to provide more equitable educational opportunities for historically disadvantaged youth. For ARS, he serves as lead evaluator of: an Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation teacher mentoring and induction program in nine northern Virginia school divisions, an NSF funded Math Science Partnership that supports dual language and community/culturally-relevant instructional practices for low income, Latino middle school students, an NSF funded project that advances coding and entrepreneurship among middle school students, and four Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) funded projects designed to promote K-16 student engagement and capacity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for Latino and highly transient military connected youth. Kucsera’s work includes engagement with California State University at Fullerton, Kentucky Educational Television, Anaheim Union School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Socorro Independent School District (Texas), and Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia).
Prior to his work at ARS, Kucsera was a Senior Research Associate for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, where he worked with center directors Drs. Gary Orfield and Patricia Gándara on research related to school re-segregation trends and remedies as well as the benefits of racial diversity in education. This work has led to key educational policy reforms in New York City and beyond. As a postdoctoral scholar and Research Director for the University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity and the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at UCLA, Kucsera helped create an indicator system for a multimillion-dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant designed to monitor and improve the postsecondary success of low-income youth in the state of California. As state education administrator for the Texas Education Agency, he was an Evaluation Manager/Program Evaluator in the Division of Evaluation, Analysis, and Planning and engaged in prevention and recovery projects that included the Texas Dropout Recovery Pilot Program, Credit Recovery, and the statewide Migrant Education Program evaluation. Kucsera earned an M.A. in Program Evaluation and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also taught quantitative, psychometric, and social justice courses.