Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Roy L. Johnson, M.S., is IDRA’s director of research and evaluation, managing the organization’s research and evaluation activities, ranging from federal- to corporate-funded projects, international to national, and state to local in scope. He designs methodologies for research and evaluation studies, designs data collection instruments, manages data collection and data analysis activities, and coordinates the development of research and evaluation reports. Johnson has more than three decades of experience in educational evaluation and research at all educational levels from elementary, secondary and post-secondary.  He oversees a wide range of projects from local educational programs to state educational programs to federal education programs. He conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses to assess program implementation and impact.

Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity University.

Through his work at IDRA, Mr. Johnson provides accurate, reliable and useful information so that program managers and funding sources can make quality decisions that affect students. He conducts formative and summative evaluation studies for IDRA projects and projects implemented by clients. He served as an expert witness in a case brought before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas involving equity in education for English language learners.

He has served as lead evaluator and principal investigator on a number of IDRA evaluation and research studies. From 1979 to the present, Mr. Johnson has served as the lead evaluator of IDRA’s equity assistance center that serves the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Other notable assignments include the lead evaluator of eight at-risk youth model programs funded by the Texas Department of Commerce and overall project evaluator of eight teacher recruitment and retention projects funded by the Texas Education Agency.

Mr. Johnson has conducted evaluations in a number of programmatic areas including Title VII, state bilingual, English as a second language (ESL), Chapter I regular, Chapter I migrant, state compensatory, magnet schools, school desegregation, and adult and family literacy. As an external evaluator, he has coordinated the evaluation of numerous federal education programs including Smaller Learning Communities, Teaching American History, Transition to Teaching, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, National Science Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP), Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Magnet School Assistance, and Community Technology Centers. He coordinates IDRA’s annual attrition studies which have monitored the number and percent of students lost from public secondary school enrollment since 1986.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He annually participates in technical assistance conferences conducted by the U.S. Department of Education for project directors and evaluators.

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