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Scott D. Hughes currently serves as the Associate Research Professor at the University of Mexico Center for Education Policy Research (UNM CEPR) located at the University of New Mexico. He serves as the principal or co-investigator on a number of studies related to early childhood. These include a program evaluation of the New Mexico Home Visiting Family Child Care Outreach Initiative, the FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS) validation study being conducted by Child Trends, and a validation study known as Start Smart of the New Mexico K-3 Plus extended school year program in partnership with the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, which was recently completed. In addition, Scott has recently participated on other CEPR research teams that have conducted work on an innovative co-teaching model for the training of student teachers and the analysis of survey data on the Central New Mexico Community College’s faculty evaluation system.
Prior to coming to CEPR, Scott served as acting director for the New Mexico Office of Education Accountability (OEA) within the Department of Finance and Administration where he had been on staff since April 2004 serving as deputy director and senior policy analyst. Primary responsibilities in these roles, among others, included management of the state-level evaluation of New Mexico PreK conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER); coordination of data collection, analyses and report preparation for the children’s budget conducted in consort with the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet; and legislative bill and policy analysis.
When he first arrived at state government in October 2001, Scott served as a staff analyst at the Legislative Education Study Committee. Prior to working for state government, Scott was employed at the Institute for Public Policy at The University of New Mexico as a research analyst on various topics regarding state and national policy issues and served on the editorial staff at the New Mexico Historical Review in roles culminating as the managing editor. Originally from Michigan, Scott has lived in New Mexico since the fall of 1981. He has a BA in history from Michigan State University and a MA and PhD in U.S. history from the University of New Mexico.