Carla Evans, Center Postdoctoral Fellow, was honored at the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division H of AERA. Dr. Evans’ dissertation, Can Schools Be Reformed by Reforming Assessment?: Effects of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System on 8th Grade Student Achievement Outcomes (2014-2016), was an empirical study of New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) innovative assessment pilot. This annual award from Division H (Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools) recognizes an outstanding dissertation in applied research, evaluation, assessment, or accountability within a school/school district setting. AERA, the world’s leading educational research organization, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.