Meet the Founder: Dr. Bryan Shelly


Dr. Shelly's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Bryan Shelly is a social science researcher with 15 years of experience designing K-12 research projects of unimpeachable rigor.  Dr. Shelly holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.   Dr. Shelly is the author of Money, Mandates, and Local Control in American Public Education on the University of Michigan Press, which former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Susan B. Neuman called “outstanding. . . . [N]o one has delved into the issue of school financing with such depth, data, and thoughtful analysis. It is simply the best in the field."  He has also authored six peer-reviewed academic journal articles on topics including No Child Left Behind, Latino public education, the impact of participation in extracurricular activities, and public opinion on the public schools.  The Alliance for Student Activities features Dr. Shelly in its Let X=Student Activities campaign as the pre-eminent contemporary voice on the positive impact of participation in student activities.  

Just as importantly, Dr. Shelly is also an educator and champion of America’s schools.  He served as a third-grade teacher and classroom assistant at the John Elliot School in Boston’s North End.  For eight years he was an assistant professor at Wake Forest, where he was an award-winning teacher of courses on education policy, research design, survey methodology, and quantitative research.  From 1994 to 2013 he served in various capacities, including Executive Board Member and Summer Workshop Director, with the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils, an organization dedicated to providing leadership development activities, materials, and experiences to over 600 member schools.   Currently, he holds a joint appointment as a data strategist with The Strategic Data Project at Harvard University and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Dr. Shelly founded Advanced Education Measurement because he believes schools and children can benefit from the rigorous analysis that cutting-edge social science research allows.


About AEM

Bryan started Advanced Education Measurement because he wanted to help the education sector benefit from the groundbreaking research techniques that have revolutionized other fields. His 17 years experience as an education researcher at the highest level ensures that AEM clients will receive answers to the questions critical to future success. AEM specializes in program evaluation, efficacy studies, quantitative analysis, data mining, and survey design. Previous clients include PowerSchool, the National Student Clearinghouse, Bricks4Kidz, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.



What We Offer

Program Evaluation & proof of concept

Contemporary education actors insist that all initiatives and products demonstrate positive impacts on student outcomes. AEM can provide your school, district, state, or clients with the highest quality proof of program effectiveness available.

On Track and Early Warning Indicators

Every district should have a robust set of on track and early warning indicators that let you know months and years ahead of time whether students will achieve critical milestones. 


Student and Community Surveys

Most education leaders recognize the importance of understanding what students and parents think of their schools, but reliable, accurate surveys are not as simple as distributing a set of questions.