Shazia Miller

Dr. Shazia Rafiullah Miller

Managing Director
American Institutes for Research


Shazia R. Miller, Ph.D., is a managing director at the American Institutes for Research, and a portfolio manager for Education. Dr. Miller has over 20 years of experience in evaluation, conducting rigorous studies with practical implications. The major emphases of Dr. Miller’s work have been around improving high schools – including the transition into and out of high school - and on data-based decision-making in schools. Dr. Miller recently completed a Gates Foundation sponsored study of the structural supports and impediments to student success in community colleges. She also serves or has served as a senior advisor for the Hewlett Foundation sponsored proof-of-concept study of deeper learning strategies in high schools; the quasi-experimental study of the Texas Ninth Grade Transition Initiative designed to improve at-risk students transition to high school; Texas Dual Credit programs which examines how dual credit is implemented, who it serves and at what cost; and Youth Connections Charter Schools which service students at risk of dropping out. In her earlier work at the Consortium on Chicago School Research, Dr. Miller also completed multiple reports on the state of Chicago’s high schools, and the transition between elementary school and high school. 
In her work in data driven decision making, Dr. Miller was the co-principal investigator of the IES sponsored randomized control trial of Indiana’s system of diagnostic assessment, studying the impact of the state’s efforts to provide teachers with ongoing feedback on their students. Dr. Miller is also the principal investigator of a three year study of Ohio’s Race-to-the-Top assessment pilot programs, focused on providing detailed feedback on program implementation to allow for ongoing improvements, as well as conducting a quasi-experimental analysis of the effectiveness of the programs on improving student performance. In addition, Dr. Miller is the the Project Director for AIR’s work as a subcontractor to SEDL on the Regional Education Laboratory Southwest, responsible for conceptualizing and managing AIR-led research and technical assistance. Other data driven decision making projects on which Dr. Miller has played a leadership role include two Spencer Foundation funded study looking at teachers use of research, and the implementation of Hawaii Race-to-the-Top, which includes several data-use components. 
Earlier in her career, Dr. Miller worked in the Chicago Public Schools and at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, work that required melding complex research methodology with practical applications and explanations for school and district staff. She is trained and skilled in all aspects of project management and quality assurance. Dr. Miller’s areas of expertise include high school improvement, literacy, and data-driven decision making. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.



Year Degree Institution
1998 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
1996 MA, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
1998 Help Wanted: The Role of High Schools in Helping Students Find Good Jobs and Employers Find Good Workers

Selected Publications

Konstantopoulos, S., Miller, S., van der Ploeg, A (2013). The Impact of Indiana’s System of Interim Assessments on Mathematics and Reading Achievement. Education, Evaluation and Policy Analysis: 35(4).

Williams, R., Swanlund, A., Miller, S., Konstantopoulos, S., Eno, J., van der Ploeg, A., and Meyers, C (2013). Measuring Instructional Differentiation in a Large Scale Experiment. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Drill, K., Behrstock, E & Miller, S.R. (2013). Teachers’ Perspectives on Educational Research. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice 23(1).

Margolin, J., Miller, S., & Rosenbaum, J (2013). The community college website as virtual advisor: A usability study. Community College Review. doi: 10.1177/0091552112471844..

Miller, S. R., Behrstock, E., & Drill, K (2010). Meeting Teachers Half Way: Making Educational Research Relevant to Teachers. Kappan 91(7).

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