Teachers College, Columbia University

Jorge Mahecha, Senior Research Assistant

Jorge Mahecha is a senior research assistant at CCRC. He supports data collection and analysis for English Learners in Community College, an IES-funded project that aims to examine the experiences and outcomes of English Learners who enroll in the City Colleges of Chicago.

Mahecha has several years of experience in psychometrics, program evaluation, and consulting. He recently taught a course on psychometrics for doctoral students at the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University. Mahecha also worked as a consultant for the International Rescue Committee, where he designed an evaluation system for teachers in high-conflict areas in Afghanistan. As a consultant in Bogotá, Colombia, Mahecha worked with local and international organizations to build research partnerships. He is one of the cofounders and board members of Teach for Colombia, a member of the Teach for All network.

Currently, Mahecha is a doctoral candidate in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program at the Lynch School Of Education And Human Development at Boston College. His research interests include program evaluation, causal inference, and psychometrics. He earned master’s degrees in Education at Boston University and at Los Andes University in Bogotá. His recent publications include Measurement Structure of the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys: Student, Staff, and Parent Surveys