Robert H. Meyer is Research Professor and Director of the Value-Added Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before that, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Harris School and the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Meyer is known for his research on value-added modeling, evaluation methods and strategic management of human capital. He is working intensively with school districts in Atlanta, Chicago, Hillsborough County (Florida), Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York City, and Tulsa, and the states of Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Since the early 1990s, he has worked with these districts and states to build value-added and performance management systems to inform decision-making with respect to policy and school improvement strategies. He is leading major initiatives in Minnesota and the Dakotas (and their partner school districts) to provide value-added information to all teachers and to the colleges and universities that prepared these teachers. Dr. Meyer is working with many districts and states to expand value-added systems to include courses not typically covered by assessments under No Child Left Behind. He has conducted major statistical evaluations of programs and policies such as class-size reduction, literacy, and supplemental educational services. Meyer received a Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship from the Council of Great City Schools in 2007 and received the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research in 2010.