Dr. Elayne Reiss is the Director of Research at Achieving the Dream. In this role, Elayne is responsible for management and expansion of ATD’s data collections and initiatives to inform decision-making, create compelling narratives, and improve practice.
Before arriving at ATD, Elayne worked as an educational statistician and administrator in both the K-12 and higher educational sectors. Most recently, Elayne served as the Director of Analytics at District of Columbia Public Schools. Her major tasks involved the exploration and dissemination of the district’s high-stakes student performance data, including state and national-level summative assessments as well as adjusted cohort graduation rates. She also provided statistical support on the district’s annual stakeholder satisfaction surveys, reviewed data requests from external researchers, and ensured the general accuracy and consistency of student-level data throughout the district.
Prior to her time at DC Public Schools, Elayne worked at the University of Central Florida in Institutional Research, serving as the Assistant Director of University Analysis and Planning Support. Her primary area of responsibility involved the development and maintenance of university- and department-level enrollment planning forecasts. In addition, she engaged in institutional benchmarking projects as well as exploratory analyses addressing outcomes of students who transferred from local state and community colleges. Elayne frequently presented her work on all of these topics at various regional and international conferences in higher education. While at UCF, Elayne also taught the Research on the College Student course to students in the Higher Educational Leadership doctoral program.
Elayne earned a doctoral degree in Higher Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Statistical Computing on the Data Mining Track, and a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, all from the University of Central Florida.