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Patrick Stark

Graduation Year



M.A. in Sociology

Current Job

Researcher in the Survey and Data Sciences division at American Institutes for Research (AIR)


Patrick Stark is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and has expertise in survey research, P-12 education, data analysis, data collection, and data processing. He is the project lead for the Dropout, CPS, and ACS reports, the task lead for data collection and processing of the Public Libraries Survey (PLS), and a key member for the Common Core of Data (CCD). As the lead for the Dropout, CPS, and ACS reports, Stark manages all work and is the lead author of the Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States, an annual report covering state and national high school dropout trends. As task lead for the Public Libraries Survey, Stark develops strategic data collection plans and manages all aspects of data processing.

Stark also provides extensive support and expertise in both cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys data analysis and processing. He was a key member of the 2012 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) data processing and co-author of the Parent and Family Involvement in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012, First Look. He is also the sole author of an  report about characteristics of parent and family involvement.

Stark took part in the design and development of the 2016 NHES School Readiness and After School Programs and Activities surveys. He provides data processing expertise for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2011 (ECLS-K:2011).

Stark holds an M.A. in sociology from The Catholic University of America, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.