Joshua A. Melton, Ph.D., is the lead evaluator for the Region 7 Comprehensive Center and the lead quantitative methodologist at RMC Research Tampa. As lead evaluator, Dr. Melton helps project leadership obtain data to support project milestones/outcomes, Comprehensive Center (CC) leadership with data on federal Government Performance and Results Act indicators, and provides ongoing feedback to CC leadership for improvement.
He serves as an external evaluator for teacher evaluation calculations for Pasco County Schools in Florida. Dr. Melton also serves as the lead evaluator for the Every Child Ready to Read program for Hillsborough County Public Library in Florida. He has participated in recent evaluations for the Native Youth Community Project for the Nevada Department of Education, two qualitative evaluations of early reading legislation in Mississippi and Michigan for ExcelinEd, Hillsborough Community College’s Quality Early Education System, and the Elevate ARTS project for Pinellas County Schools. Dr. Melton is the manager of the Improving Schools in Mississippi Research Alliance for the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.
Prior to joining RMC Research Corporation, Dr. Melton contributed work to two Institute of Education Sciences-funded projects: one on the “summer slide” phenomenon and the other on using growth modeling with state assessments for school performance. Before becoming an education researcher, Dr. Melton was a high school math/science teacher and a school administrator.
EDUCATION: Ph.D. from University of Oregon in educational leadership; M.S.S. in sports management from United States Sports Academy; B.E. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Evaluation; Applied quantitative methods; School/teacher performance; and School choice