Nadja Young
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Education Specialist

Nadja Young is an Education Specialist working within SAS’ State and Local Government practice. She supports education partnerships for SAS EVAAS for K-12 through her curriculum and instruction experience, and by serving as the practice’s primary liaison to the education community. Prior to joining SAS, Nadja was a high school Career and Technical Education teacher certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Nadja taught in the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina, as well as Colorado’s Douglas County School District. During her time as an educator, Nadja served as a Varsity Dance Team Coach, JV Cheerleading Coach and DECA Advisor. She chaired the School Improvement Committee, led professional development activities, and contracted with the NC Department of Public Instruction to write curriculum and assessments.
Nadja holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. A Virginia transplant, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and Rhodesian Ridgeback dog in their new North Carolina home.

Recent Posts

Calling all High School STEM educators! Teach Your Students 21st Century Computer Science Skills

STEM skills are essential for many of the fastest-growing and most lucrative occupations. And SAS programmers are in high demand in all fields. A number of reports ... Read More

Student growth measures can be the bridge to new assessments

As I embark on 2014, I reflect upon the many competing, yet interdependent, tensions discussed in education circles in 2013. In conferences, classrooms and statehouses, ... Read More

Beyond value-added: Teachers need diagnostic data to improve their practice

As student growth or value-added measures become more prevalent in educator evaluation systems, many question how those ratings actually help teachers improve their practice. i.e. ... Read More

Value-added myth busting, Part 4: Value-added models cannot measure growth of students who have missing data or are highly mobile

Students with missing test scores are often highly mobile students and are more likely to be low-achieving students. It is important to include these students ... Read More

Busting myths of education value-added analysis, Part 3: Simple growth measures provide better information to educators.

Welcome to Part 3 of the value-added Myth Busters blog series. I have heard a variation of this many times. “Why shouldn’t educators just use a ... Read More

Busting myths of education value-added analysis, Part 2: It is harder to show growth with high-achieving students

Welcome to Part 2 of the value-added Myth Busters blog series…have you heard this one before? Educators serving high-achieving students are often concerned that their ... Read More

Busting myths of education value-added analysis, Part 1: You must control for demographics

In the past five years, value-added models have been increasingly adopted by states to support various teaching effectiveness policies. As educators make the paradigm shift ... Read More

Data-driven education books make great holiday gifts for educators. Yes, really.

As the holidays approach, we’ll all have some down-time to catch up on personal and professional reading, hopefully cozied up by a fire with a ... Read More

Education reform in Houston: Together we can. Whatever it takes. No excuses.

K-12 education reform and policy has seen a recent surge in the cinema with "Waiting for Superman," "The Lottery," and this fall’s "Won't Back Down.” ... Read More

Transitioning value-added and growth models to new assessments

This summer’s education conferences have been dominated by sessions discussing the “next generation,” Common Core aligned assessments in English and mathematics.  As 44 states plan ... Read More