Petra Stanat, Prof., Ph.D., studied psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin (Dipl. Psych. 1992) and received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998. From 1998 to 2005 she worked as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin where she coordinated the international part of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2000) for Germany. After completing her Habilitation in Education Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2005, she worked as Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (2005-2007) and as Professor for Educational Research at the Freie Universität Berlin (2007-2010). She holds her current position as Director of the German Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB) and Professor of Educational Psychology at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2010. Petra Stanat is involved in several professional organizations and advisory boards. Among other things, she chairs the Arbeitsgruppe für Empirische Pädagogische Forschung (AEPF) and is a member of the Review Board of the German Science Foundation for the research area of teaching-learning process and qualification process. In her research, Petra Stanat focuses on questions related to ethnic and social disparities in education, determinants of immigrant students’ educational success, second-language teaching and learning, reading achievement, and large-scale assessment of student achievement.