The ASA announced March 24 the launch of a new level to its voluntary, individual statistician accreditation program. Called Graduate Statistician, or GStat, the newly unveiled accreditation is designed for individuals who have attained the education requirements for the Professional Statistician (PStat®) level, but do not yet possess the experience and expertise required for that higher level. Eligibility requirements for GStat include ASA membership, attainment of an advanced degree in statistics-a master's or doctorate-from an accredited university, and adherence to the ASA's Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice. Learn more in this ASA press release.
ASA Adopts VAMs Position Statement
The ASA Board has adopted a position statement to better inform the use of value-added models (VAMs) for educational assessment. The statement, which was adopted by the board of directors during its meeting April 4, notes the strengths and limitations of VAMs and makes several recommendations for their use in high-stakes decisions such as hiring or dismissing teachers. Read the statement or the press release.
JSM Online Program Is Now Available
Check out all JSM 2014 has to offer including six new Speed sessions, an invited poster session during the Opening Mixer, and a large selection of roundtable discussions. Prepare your choices now before registration opens on May 1. View the online program.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors recently appointed 10 people as members of PCORI’s new Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials. It is one of two new advisory panels whose members the board approved at its meeting; the other focuses on rare disease. More.