STEVEN BAHR, B.S.

Research Scientist. Steve provides statistical support for a variety of projects and works as a technical reviewer to ensure that reports and publications are accurate and adhere to the National Center for Education Statistics Statistical Standards. Prior to joining Activate, Steve was a research associate with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and spent five years in the Office of Admissions at the University of Iowa. Steve earned a B.S. in statistics from the University of Iowa and has extensive experience in reviewing federal publications and working with large and complex nationally-representative datasets.

Experience


Research Scientist,  Activate Research, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
Jan 2014 – Present

Support projects with the U.S. Department of Education

  • Contribute to development of Statistics in Briefs/Data Points
  • Advise on NCES Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) and Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS) publications
  • Reviews NCES State Education Reforms (SER) tables
  • Perform quality review and 508 compliance on various projects
  • Handle inquiries from members of the media, professors, researchers, and the general public
  • Familiar with NCES surveys including data, publications, and tools

Research Associate,  American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C.
May 2012 – Dec 2013

Supported the Data Development Program at NCES

  • Provided statistical support for Issue Briefs/Statistics in Briefs
  • Aided in supervising and planning for NCES FRSS and PEQIS publications
  • Reviewed NCES SER tables
  • Responded to inquiries from members of the media, professors, researchers, and the general public
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Authored, co-authored, edited briefs and other publications
  • Responded to data requests from government officials, public users, and institutions directed to NCES

Research Assistant,  American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C.
May 2010 – Apr 2012

Examined reports and corresponding statistical documentation for compliance with NCES Statistical Standards

  • Wrote reviews based on technical issues found within documents and reports
  • Knowledgeable about NCES Statistical Standards

Clerk, University of Iowa Office of Admissions

Iowa City, IA
Aug 2004 – Dec 2009

Sent information to prospective students

  • Managed student staff
  • Catalogued inventory of 150 items
EDUCATION

B.S., Statistics

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
May 2009
PUBLICATIONS

Bahr, S., Sparks, D. (2016). Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998-99 to School Year 2012-13. (NCES 2016-074). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.

Sparks, D., Zhang, J., & Bahr, S. (2015). Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors. (NCES 2015-085). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.