About MERA

Determining Educational Impact

With resources dwindling, it becomes imperative that, as an educational organization, we know if what we are doing is making a difference in the lived of students. Evaluation is an essential process that produces evidence that can help us make that difference determination. Despite pressures (e.g. federal mandates) to evaluate, it doesn’t occur consistently across educational settings. Unfortunately, we are spending resources such as time, people, and money on programs, initiatives, and strategies and do not know whether they are working, how they are working, or why they are working. Learning more about this crucial topic and how to implement it with fidelity, under a variety of conditions is essential for schools and districts as they intentionally manage their precious resources. The Fall MERA conference will offer multiple perspectives on determining educational impact and provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss and plan how to implement evaluation in their district.

Our fall conference will once again be held at the Bavarian Inn, located in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan on November 20 – 21, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!!

The Conference brochure is available HERE.

To access the presentations from the Fall 2017 Conference CLICK HERE



Our Mission

The mission of The Michigan  Educational Research Association is to promote accurate, high quality,  appropriate and ethical use of research, assessment, and evaluation practices  that improve teaching and learning in education.

The Need

There are many forces of change  at work in education.  Site based management, total quality learning,  alternative assessment, individualized instruction, inclusion, and many other  new teaching, learning, assessment and management practices are calling for more  use of relevant data or information in decision making.

Many of these changes are caused  by federal and state initiatives.  Often, these changes are being mandated  with little regard for research to support the conclusions.

MERA has been and continues to be  an organization that supports innovative changes that are supported by valid  research.


Share and exchange ideas,  techniques, materials, and procedures used in educational research, assessment  and program evaluation.

Promote the value and  importance of the role of educational research and evaluation in education.Encourage appropriate and  ethical use of research, assessment, and program evaluation techniques for the  improvement of education.

For further information contact:

Dave Treder


Telephone:   810-591-4971

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