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

South Carolina teacher evaluation system supporting professional growth

Today it is common knowledge that a classroom teacher is the single largest in-school influence on student academic growth[1].  So when South Carolina received ESEA ... Read More

Teacher effectiveness culture shifts in Lubbock ISD schools – Part 3: The Superintendent

This is part 3 of a blog series on how Lubbock Independent School District (Lubbock ISD) uses SAS® EVAAS to improve teaching and learning by promoting ... Read More

Teacher effectiveness culture shifts in Lubbock ISD schools – Part 2: The Principals

This is part 2 of a blog series on how Lubbock Independent School District (Lubbock ISD) uses SAS® EVAAS to improve teaching and learning by ... Read More

Teacher effectiveness culture shifts in Lubbock ISD schools – Part 1: The Teachers

Improving teacher effectiveness is no simple task. Whether a part of a formal evaluation system or for formative feedback, looking at student growth data can ... Read More

Top rated value-added school: Extreme test prep or well-rounded experience? A student’s perspective

A recent Charlotte Observer article provided a thoughtful investigation of growth and achievement in North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools). The article juxtaposed two very different, ... Read More

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