Founded in 1980, Measurement Incorporated (MI) is an employee-owned corporation and leading provider of customized educational assessment services for state governments, other testing companies, and various organizations. Since its founding, MI continues to uphold its reputation as an industry leader in providing performance assessment scoring services, automated essay scoring services, developing assessment methodologies, and providing innovative solutions for all testing needs.
In addition to our company headquarters in Durham, NC, MI maintains operations at 14 office locations in nine states and employs a full-time staff of almost 400 in addition to thousands of seasonal employees who assist in assessment scoring, test item development, and materials handling.
With adherence to strict security guidelines, demanding deadlines, and our dedication to accuracy, MI has developed and scored tests in several critical content areas.
Over the years, MI has been highly competitive in successfully winning and retaining many contracts with state and local departments of education, other educational agencies, and private businesses.
Measurement Incorporated was established in 1980 in the basement of a former home on Woodrow Street in Durham, North Carolina. Since then, it has continued to grow under the leadership of Dr. Henry Scherich.
From the beginning, MI has always maintained a humanistic, inclusive work environment for its employees to encourage increased staff morale, loyalty, productivity and ultimately, profitability.
Measurement Incorporated participates in and supports programs involving student and employee education and enrichment, health and wellness, literacy, arts, historic preservation, community revitalization, and support for the disadvantaged and disabled.
The members of MI’s management team have helped to build an enterprise with a distinguished reputation for quality control and excellence. Under their leadership, MI has expanded its capabilities to incorporate a full spectrum of assessment services including research, test and item development, scoring, reporting, analysis and technical support.
Dr. Henry H. Scherich, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
As Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Measurement Incorporated, Dr. Scherich advises and counsels senior management. Under his leadership, MI achieved a reputation as the nation’s foremost contractor in the scoring of performance assessments. Since 1980, Dr. Scherich and the MI staff have completed large-scale test development, administration, and scoring projects for more than two dozen state departments of education as well as numerous other projects involving field tests, certification exams, machine scoring and processing, development of instructional instruments, and program evaluation. MI’s extensive corporate capabilities are largely a reflection of Dr. Scherich’s wide-ranging interests in all aspects of educational assessment.
Dr. Scherich earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialty in Statistics and Measurement from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1975. He previously worked for the Houghton Mifflin Company as Director of Test Research and Scoring Services and for NTS Research Corporation as Measurement and Data Management Center Director. These positions involved test development, test standardization, research projects, scoring services, Title I evaluations, and special projects. Dr. Scherich has also been a high school teacher and guidance counselor.
Mr. Nelson Androes, President & Chief Operating Officer
As President of Measurement Incorporated, Mr. Androes manages the day to day operations of MI’s staff and services. He is responsible for designing, planning, and implementing business strategies that align corporate services with the evolving needs of customers. He provides overall direction and guidance to all departments ensuring high quality results while maintaining MI’s mission and vision. Mr. Androes has a proven record of driving the growth of MI’s technological capabilities to innovate assessment products and services.
Mr. Androes was previously the Senior Vice President of Information Technology at MI, where he planned, coordinated, directed, and designed all operational activities of the IT department as well as provided direction and support for IT solutions that enhanced mission-critical business operations. Prior to joining MI in 2004, he worked for IBM as software development manager and software engineer and at NCS (now Pearson) as a software developer. Mr. Androes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University.
Dr. Corey Palermo, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
As Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Measurement Incorporated, Dr. Palermo spearheads the development and execution of MI’s strategic initiatives. He directs the implementation of MI’s strategic plan, evaluates organizational effectiveness, and cultivates MI’s research agenda. Dr. Palermo also leads MI’s Performance Assessment Scoring Department, directing a staff of over 50 full time and thousands of temporary employees. Previously, he served as Vice President, Performance Assessment Scoring at MI.
Dr. Palermo’s research examines rater effects in large‐scale assessment contexts; automated scoring, in particular automated writing evaluation applications to improve the teaching and learning of writing; and teacher professional development in the context of large-scale assessment programs. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed education journals such as: Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Educational Measurement, Journal of Writing Research, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Dr. Palermo holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from North Carolina State University. He began his career in education teaching in the North Carolina public school system and has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at North Carolina State University.
Mr. Alex A. Avila, CPA, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Avila is responsible for financial reporting and other administrative functions of Measurement Incorporated, including payroll, tax compliance, benefit program administration, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. Mr. Avila has a strong background in both large and small business management and in international finance. Prior to joining MI in 1994, he worked as chief operating officer for North Carolina First Flight, Inc., where he developed the company’s business plan and corporate policy, expanded banking relations, managed financial portfolios, provided financial reports, and negotiated multi-million dollar high technology investment deals. He also worked for Carolina Power and Light Company as financial analyst and for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc., concerning its financial interests in Latin America. Mr. Avila, a Certified Public Accountant, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Georgia Southern University and a Master of International Management in Marketing and Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Dr. Bunch serves as a director of the corporation and has direct oversight of the psychometric group, having had oversight of the entire Research and Development Division for more than 30 years. Since joining MI in 1982, he has established MI as a trusted vendor of high-quality test development and related services. His team of more than 80 project directors, psychometricians, editors, content specialists, and support staff has successfully carried out test development, program evaluation, and research activities for 20 state departments of education and numerous local education agencies, corporations, consortia, and institutions.
Dr. Bunch’s expertise in the development of criterion-referenced, high-stakes testing programs is well known among assessment professionals. His advice in both technical and practical matters related to assessment programs is widely sought, and he contributes regularly to the advancement of those programs through national organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. He has taught graduate-level statistics and research methods classes and has been a regular contributor to Mental Measurement Yearbooks since 1985. In 2005, he was recognized by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements as a Distinguished Reviewer. He has published, with Dr. Gregory Cizek, the graduate-level text, Standard Setting (Sage Publications, 2007) and is in great demand as a reviewer and discussant for standard-setting research and as a leader of standard-setting activities.
Dr. Bunch earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology (Measurement and Human Differences) from the University of Georgia in 1976. Prior to joining MI in 1982, he served as research psychologist at the American College Testing Program (ACT) and senior professional at NTS Research Corporation. Since joining MI, he has been active not only in the profession but in the Durham community as well, serving on and chairing boards of local education and human service organizations.
As Vice President, Assessment Technology at Measurement Incorporated, Ms. Crissman directs the strategy, development, marketing, and sales of MI’s formative assessment tools. Her knowledge and expertise in both education and marketing has enabled MI’s established software products, MI Write (formerly PEG Writing) and MI Tutor (formerly PEG Writing Scholar), to grow into essential classroom tools. Under Ms. Crissman’s guidance, MI Compass, MI’s newest formative assessment tool, will empower teachers with authentic tools for both planned and on-the-go student assessment.
Ms. Crissman began her career as a classroom teacher and has over a decade of experience working with students and teachers in technology-rich environments. Her experience in the classroom and in education provides essential insights into the needs of teachers which guides the development of MI’s software products. She holds a B.A. in Secondary English Education and an M.A. in English Education from The State University of New York - Cortland and has completed extensive post-graduate coursework at The University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
Mr. Horton supervises the personnel responsible for distribution, collection, storage, and recycling of test materials, and the acquisition and maintenance of physical properties. Mr. Horton joined MI in 1990 as warehouse manager and assumed the role of Facilities Manager in 1994. Prior to joining MI, he had been warehouse supervisor for Redemco Universal Beverage Company in Avon, Massachusetts.
Dr. Kelsh assumed the role of Vice President, School Improvement & Evaluation Services (formerly MAGI Services, Inc.) and Executive Director of Westchester Institute for Human Services Research, Inc., in 2008 after having been with both organizations since 1993. He is one of the nation’s most respected authorities in education evaluation and research and has directed many studies of national significance. He is a certified school and district administrator and formerly served as the lead researcher for the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education. As the Principal Investigator for numerous federal, state, and local projects, Dr. Kelsh has authored a wide range of research reports and policy analyses. He is an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and member and former President of the New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYCEC). Prior to his employment at MAGI, Dr. Kelsh worked for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department. He holds an Ed.D. in Program Evaluation from SUNY.
Dr. McClintock has 20 years of experience in psychological research, assessment, and project management. As the Vice President, Research and Development, he supervises a staff of more than 80 professionals and provides leadership in all aspects of test and item development. He directs Project Managers for a number of projects, including MI’s Benchmark Assessment Item Bank. Prior to joining MI, he was Director of Examination Services & Research for the American Board of Anesthesiology where he advised the Board of Directors on psychometric issues for objective and performance examinations, conducting a number of validity and reliability studies that allowed the Board to refine and improve the certification and testing process. Additionally, Dr. McClintock served as the Director of Programs for a major certification vendor, where he directed the test development activities of numerous certification programs. In this capacity, he conducted item-writing workshops, standard setting studies, and role delineation studies. He has published peer-reviewed articles on data forensics and erasure analyses.
Dr. McClintock earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His professional focus was on psychological assessment. In addition, he developed an online psychology course for the University of North Carolina, and taught undergraduate psychology courses for 13 years.
Mr. Wicker oversees the scoring system software development, document scanning, data analysis, and reporting of assessment responses. Mr. Wicker’s oversight includes managing the design, development, and implementation of computer software solutions for numerous clients relative to educational assessment data processing and score reporting. Additionally, he is responsible for planning, maintaining, supporting, and upgrading all scoring systems and applications. Mr. Wicker has been with MI since 2002, and was previously a Software Development Manager in the IT department. Mr. Wicker earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Methodist University. During Mr. Wicker’s tenure at Measurement Incorporated, he has been involved in the transition from paper based assessments, scoring, and reporting to online delivery of those services.