Faculty Profile

Jamal Abedi
Professor

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Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.

Research Interests

Assessment; Classical theory of measurement; English Learners; Experimental design; Psychometrics; Quantitative methods

Education

Post-Doctoral
1978-1979, University of California, Los Angeles. Research Methods and Evaluation
1977, University of California, Los Angeles. Summer session in Research Methods and Evaluation

Ph.D., Psychology – (Psychometrics) – George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville

MA 1971, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University Specialization: Psychology (statistics and measurement)

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Book Chapters

PUBLICATIONS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER):
Abedi, J. (in press). Testing of ELL Students (Chapter 101). In: Geisinger, K., F. APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Abedi, J. (2012).  Validity issues in designing accommodations. In: Fulcher, G. and Davidson, F. The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing  in a Nutshell. Florence, KY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Kim, Y. Y.; Hart, J.; Abedi, J.’ & Vanneman, A. (2012). Testing and evaluation of English-language learners in higher education. In Secolsky, C. & Denison, B, D., Handbook of measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. Florence, KY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Abedi, J. (2011). Language Issues in the Design of Accessible Items. In: Elliott, S., N.,  Kettler, R. J., Beddow, P. A.,& Kurz., A. Handbook of Accessible Achievement Tests for All Students: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practices, and Policy. New York: Springer Publisher.

Abedi, J. (2010). Linguistic Factors in the Assessment of English Language Learners. In Walford, G., Tucker, E, & Viswanathan, M. The Sage Handbook of Measurement. Sage Publication. Oxford.

Abedi, J. (2010). Comparability Issues for the Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards In: Perie. M. Teaching and Assessing Low-Achieving Students With Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing Co.

Abedi, J. (2010). Performance assessments for English language learners. In Darling Hammond. Handbook of Performance Assessment. Palo Alto: Stanford University. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

Abedi, J. (2010). Assessing English Language Learners and/or Bilingual Students: Critical Issues (Chapter 3). In Basterra, M., Solano-Flores, G., and Trumbull, E.  Assessment, Language, and Culture: A Guide for Teachers. (Ed.). .Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers

Abedi, J. (2009). Research and Recommendations for Formative Assessment with English Language Learners. In Andrade, H. L  and Cizek, G., J. Handbook of Formative Assessment. Florence, KY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Abedi, J. (2009). Assessing High School English Language Learners: In Pinkus: Meaningful Measurement. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Abedi, J. (2007). English Language Learners with Disabilities. In Cahlan-Laitusis, C. & Cook, L. Accommodating student with disabilities on state assessments: What works? (Ed.) Arlington, Council for Exceptional Children.

Abedi, J. (2007). The No Child Left Behind Act and English Language Learners: Assessment and Accountability Issue. In Garcia, O. & Baker, C. Bilingual Education An Introductory Reader (reprint form the journal of Educational Researcher.

Abedi, J. (2006). Language Issues in Item-Development. In Downing, S. M. and Haladyna, T. M. Handbook of Test Development (Ed.). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Journal articles

Abedi, J.; Bayley, R.; Ewers, N.; Mundhenk, K. Leon, S. & Kao, J. (in press). Accessible Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education; Special Issue 2012, Volume 59, Number 1.

Abedi, J. (in press). Accommodations in the assessment of English language learners. Companion to Language Assessment. Wiley-Blackwell.

Abedi, J.; Herman, J.L. (2010). Assessing English Language Learners’ Opportunity to Learn Mathematics: Issues and Limitations. Teachers College Record Volume 112, Number 3, March 2010, pp. 723–746

Abedi, J. (2010). English Language Learners with Disabilities: Classification, Assessment, and Accommodation Issues. Journal of Applied Testing Technology

Abedi, J. Kao, J.; Leon, S.; Mastergeorge, A.; Sullivan, L.; Herman, J.; and Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of Segmented Reading Comprehension Passages for Students with Disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education. Volume 23, Number 2, 168-186.

Abedi, J., & Cook, L. (Eds.). (2010). Accessible Reading Assessments for Students With Disabilities [Special Issue]. Applied Measurement in Education.

Cook, L. & Abedi, J. (Eds.). (2010). Measurement Issues for Students With Disabilities [Special Issue]. Journal of Applied Testing Technology.

Abedi, J. (2009). Computer Testing as a Form of Accommodation for English Language Learners. Educational Assessment. 14:195–211, 2009

Abedi, J. (2009). Validity of Assessments for English Language Learning Students in a National/International Context. Journal of Evaluacion y calidad de la educacion. pp. 167-184.

Abedi, J. (2008). Classification System for English Language Learners: Issues and Recommendations. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practices. Vol. 27, issue 3, 17-22.

Abedi, J. (2008). Measuring Students’ Level of English Proficiency: Educational Significance and Assessment Requirements. Educational Assessment. Vol. 13, ISS 2-3.

Abedi, J. (2007). Utilizing accommodations in the assessment of English language learners. In N. H. Hornberger (Ed), Encyclopedia of Language and Education: Vol. 7: Language Testing and Assessment (pp. 331-348). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Science+ Business Media.

Abedi, J. (2007). High-stakes Tests, English Language Learners, and Linguistic Modification. Sunshine State TESOL Journal, Vol. 6 No 1, 1-20, Spring 2007.

Abedi, J. and Gandara, P. (2006). Performance of English Language Learners as a Subgroup in Large-Scale Assessment: Interaction of Research and Policy. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practices. December 2006, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 36-46.

Abedi, J. (2006). Psychometric Issues in the ELL Assessment and Special Education Eligibility. Teacher’s College Record, Vol. 108, No. 11, 2282-2303.

Abedi, J., & O’Neil, H. F. (Eds.). (2005). Assessment of noncognitive influences on learning [Special Issue]. Educational Assessment, 10(3).

Abedi, J. (2004). The No Child Left Behind Act and English language learners: Assessment and accountability issues. Educational Researcher. Vol. 33, No 1, 4-14.

Abedi, J. & Hejri, F. (2004). Effectiveness and validity of NAEP accommodations for students with limited English proficiency. Applied Measurement in Education. Volume 17, Number 4, 371-392.

Abedi, J., Hofstetter, C., & Lord, C. (2004) Assessment accommodations for English language learners: Implications for policy based research. Review of Educational Research. Vol. 74, No. 1, 1-28.

Abedi, J. & Dietel, R. (2004). Challenges in the No Child Left Behind Act for English-language learners. Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 85, No. 10.

Abedi, J. (2004). Will you explain the Question, Linguistic modification of test items. Principal Leadership, March 2004.

Abedi, J. (2004). Inclusion of students with limited English proficiency in NAEP: Classification and measurement issues. Washington, D.C: National Assessment Governing Board; (Sponsored and reviewed by: Educational Testing Service, New Jersey).

Research and Evaluation Reports

Abedi, J.; Leon, S.; Kao, J. C.; Leon, S.; Bayley, R.; Ewers, N.; Herman, J.L.; Mundhenk, K. (2010). Accessible Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities: The Role of Cognitive, Grammatical, Lexical, and Textual/Visual Features. Minnesota: National Center for Educational Outcomes.

Abedi, J.; Ewers, N.; Hejri, F. (2010). Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students With Disabilities in California. Sacramento: California Department of Education

Abedi, J. (2010). English Language Proficiency Testing. Seoul: Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE)

Abedi, J. (2010). Foreign Language Educational Policy and Assessment. Seoul: Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE)

O’Conner, R; Abedi, J. (2012). A descriptive analysis of enrollment and achievement among English language learner students in Delaware. Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory/ Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences

O’Conner, R; Abedi, J. (2012). A descriptive analysis of enrollment and achievement among English language learner students in District of Columbia. Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory/ Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences

O’Conner, R; Abedi, J. (2012). A descriptive analysis of enrollment and achievement among English language learner students in Maryland. Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory/ Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences

O’Conner, R; Abedi, J. (2012). A descriptive analysis of enrollment and achievement among English language learner students in Pennsylvania. Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory/ Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences

O’Conner, R; Abedi, J. (2012). A descriptive analysis of enrollment and achievement among English language learner students in New Jersey. Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory/ Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences

Abedi, J.; Kao, J. C.; Leon, S.; Sullivan, L.; Herman, J.L.; Pope, R.; Nambiar, V. Mastergeorge, A. (2009). Exploring Factors that Affect the Accessibility of Reading Comprehension Assessments for Students with Disabilities: A Study of Segmented Text. Minnesota: National Center for Educational Outcomes.

Abedi, J., Leon, S. and Kao, J. (2008). Examining Differential Item Functioning in Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities. Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CSE Report 744).

Abedi, J., Leon, S. and Kao, J. (2008). Examining Differential Distractor Functioning in Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities. Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CSE Report 743).

Abedi, J. (2007). Language factors in the assessment of English language learners: The theory and principles underlying language modification approach: Washington, DC: The U.S. Department of Education—LEP Partnership

Abedi, J. (2007). English Language Proficiency Assessment in the Nation: Current Status and Future Practice (Ed.): Davis” University of California.

Abedi, J. (2007). English Language Proficiency Assessment & Accountability Under NCLB Title III: An overview. In English Language Proficiency Assessment in the Nation: Current Status and Future Practice (Ed.): Davis” University of California.

Abedi, J. (2007). English Language Proficiency Assessment & Accountability Under NCLB Title III: Summary & Recommendations. In Abedi (2007) English Language Proficiency Assessment in the Nation: Current Status and Future Practice (Ed.): Davis” University of California.

Abedi, J. (2007). Impact of Language Complexity on the Assessment of ELL Students: A Focus on Plain Language Assessment. Washington, DC: The Council of Chief Stats School Officers. 

Abedi, J., Hejri, F. and Lord, C. (2007). Validity of Accommodations for ELL students with Disabilities in Mathematics and English Proficiency Content Assessment: Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Educations.

Abedi, J.; Goldschmidt, P.; Gong, B.; Gottlieb, M.; Ortiz, A.; Pedraza, P.; Pellegrino, J.; Roschewski, P.; and Stack, J. (2007) Assessment and Accountability for Improving Schools and Learning. Principles and recommendations for Federal Law and State and Local Systems. Washington, DC: Forum on Educational Accountability.

Abedi, J. Courtney, M., Leon, S. Kao, J., and Azzam, T. (2006).  English Language Learners and Math Achievement: A Study of Opportunity to Learn and Language Accommodation (CSE Report 702, 2006). Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Abedi, J. Baily, A., & Butler, F. (2005). The Validity of Administering Large-Scale Content Assessments to English Language Learners: An Investigation From Three Perspectives (CSE Report 663, 2005). Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Abedi, J. Courtney, M., Mirocha, J. Leon, S. and Goldberg J. (2005). Language Accommodations for English Language Learners in Large-Scale Assessments: Bilingual Dictionaries and Linguistic Modification (CSE Report 666). Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Abedi, J. (2004). Inclusion of Students with Limited English Proficiency in NAEP: Classification and Measurement Issues (CSE Report 629, 2004). Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.
Abedi, J., Griffin, N., Courtney, M., Trusela, L., & Leon, S. (2004). Evaluation of the UCLA Math Content Program for Teachers. Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Herman, J. L., & Abedi, J. (2004). Issues in assessing English language learners’ opportunity to learn mathematics (CSE Tech. Rep. No. 633). Los Angeles: University of California, Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Abedi, J., Herman, J. L., Courtney, M., Leon, S., & Kao, J. (2004). English language learners and math achievement: A study on classroom-level opportunity to learn. Los Angeles: University of California: Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

O’Neil, H. F., Abedi, J., Lee, C., Miyoshi, J., & Mastergeorge, A. (2004). Monetary incentives for low-stakes tests (CSE Tech. Rep. No. 625). Los Angeles: University of California: Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Mini Course/Training Session Presented at the National/International Meetings

Abedi, J. (2007). English language proficiency assessment & accountability under NCLB Title III: addressing technical and policy challenges. A training session, AERA Annual Meeting: Chicago.

Abedi, J.; & Razfar, A. (2005). Principles and Applications of Interrater Reliability. A training session, presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education in Montreal, Canada.

Abedi, J.; D’Emillio, t.; Poggio, J. & Razfar, A. (2003). Linguistic modification of test items: Principles and application. A training course presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.

Abedi, Courtney, Poosuthasee, & Leon (2002). Linguistic Modifications in the Assessment of English Language Learners: A workshop for practitioners. Presented at the California Educational Research Association. Santa Barbara, California

Abedi, J.; Leon, S.; Mirocha, J. & Golberg, J. (2001). Constructing Survey Instruments: Psychometric and Linguistic factors. An extended course presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Seattle.

Abedi, J. (2000). Critical Issues in Urban Special Education. Language Background and Test Performance. A summer course presented at the Summer Institute of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Abedi, J. (1997). Application of structural equation modeling technique to performance-based measurement. A mini-course, cosponsored by AERA and NCME. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Abedi, J. (1996). Interrater reliability in performance-based assessment measures. A mini-course presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Abedi, J. (1990). Factor analysis in institutional research. A mini-course presented at the 30th annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Louisville.

Abedi, J. (1989). Canonical correlation in institutional research design. A mini-course presented at the 29th annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Maryland.

Abedi, J. (1988). Fractional factorial design in institutional research. A mini-course presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Phoenix.

Papers presented

Abedi, J. (2010). Performance Assessments for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J. (2010). Comparability Issues for AA-MAS. Paper (Structured Poster) presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J. (2010). Validity of Accommodations for English Language Learners. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J. (2010). Issues Concerning Inclusion of ELL Students Related to Their Level of English Language Proficiency. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J., August, D., Linquanti, R. & Rivera, C. (2010). Exploring Issues in the Development of Uniform Rules for ELL Inclusion on NAEP. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J. (2010). Revising the Joint Standards: Fair and Accessible Assessments for All Individuals. Discussant at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado: May 2010.

Abedi, J. (2010). Assessment Issues in the Nation. Presented at the U.S. Department of Education, The Race to the Top Assessment Program Public & Expert Input Meeting, January 20, 2010. Washington, D.C..

Abedi, J. (2009). Assessment of English Language Learners. Presented at the U.S. Department of Education, The Race to the Top Assessment Program Public & Expert Input Meeting, December 2, 2009, Denver, Colorado.

Abedi, J. (2009). Impact of language factors on the assessment outcomes of English language learners. Presented at the 10th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development. Oxford: Oxford University.

Abedi, J. (2009). Research on the assessment and accommodations for English language learners in the USA and implications for SPINE. Presented at the University of Bristol, School of Education, for the SPINE Project

Abedi, J. (2009). Improving the Validity of Assessment Systems for English Language Learners. A symposium presented at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment in Los Angeles: June 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Classification Issues for ELL Students. A symposium presented at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment in Los Angeles: June 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Accommodations for ELL Students with Disabilities: A National Perspective. A symposium presented at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment in Los Angeles: June 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Can English Language Proficiency Assessment Outcomes Inform Policies on Participation of ELL Students in Content-Based Assessments? A symposium presented at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment in Los Angeles: June 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners: Effectiveness, Validity, Policy, and Practice. A symposium presented at the 2009 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment in Los Angeles: June 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Accurate Assessment of Student Achievement: Today’s Challenges and Solutions (Graduate Student Issues Committee). A symposium, NCME Annual Meeting: San Diego, California.

Abedi, J. (2009). NCLB at Year 8 in the Assessment of English Language Learners: Taking Stock of the Assessment and Accountability Systems. A symposium, NCME Annual Meeting: San Diego, California.

Abedi, J. (2009). Toward a more Linguistically Accessible Assessment for ELLs: Guidelines for Linguisitic Modifications of Assessment. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego: April 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). The Factor Structure of an English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test: A Comparison of Three Approaches to Overall Score Estimation. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego: April 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Classification System for English Language Learners: Issues and Recommendations. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego: April 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Examining the Impact of Language Factors as a Construct-Irrelevant Source Across ELL/Non-ELL Subgroups. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego: April 2009.

Abedi, J. (2009). Computer Testing as a Form of Accommodation for English Language Learners. Poster presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego: April 2009.

Abedi, J. (2008). Implementation of the Official Languages Act in Provincial Assessments: Perspectives from the United States. University of British Columbia, Green College.

Abedi, J. (2008). Assessment and Accountability Issues for English Language Learners and Students With Disabilities Keynote Speech, 2008 ELA Academy. Denver: Colorado Department of Education (April, 2008).

Abedi, J. (2008, organizer and presenter). Factors contributing to performance gap between English language learners and students with disabilities and their non-ELL/non-SWD peers. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in New York: March 2008.

Abedi, J. (2008). Accommodation Decisions: Evidence-Based Versus Subjective Decisions. A symposium, National Conference on Student Assessment: Orlando, Florida.

Abedi, J. , Leon, S. (2008). Identifying Test Items that Differentially Impact Performance of ELL Students. A symposium, National Conference on Student Assessment: Orlando, Florida.

Abedi, J. (2008). Accommodation Decisions: Identifying Test Items that Differentially Impact Performance of ELL Students A symposium, National Conference on Student Assessment: Orlando, Florida.

Abedi, J. (2008). English Language Proficiency Assessments. A symposium, National Conference on Student Assessment: Orlando, Florida.

Abedi, J.; Kao, J. & Leon, S. (2008). Effects of Segmenting Reading Comprehension Passages on Students’ Level of Motivation. A symposium, National Conference on Student Assessment: Orlando, Florida.

Abedi, J. (2008). Consistencies between results of DIF analyses by different approaches for ELLs in math and reading tests. A paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education, NCME Annual Meeting: New York.

Abedi, J. (2008). Evaluating test score comparability for English language learners. A paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education, NCME Annual Meeting: New York.

Abedi, J. (2008). NCLB and English language learners: Review of legislative requirements and problems with identification, classification, and reclassification. A paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education, NCME Annual Meeting: New York.

Abedi, J. (2007). Methodological issues in developing and validating English language proficiency assessments. New Jersey: Educational Testing Service (April 27, 2007).

Abedi, J. (2007). Technical issues concerning accommodations for English language learners. Keynote Speech, 2007 ELA Academy. Denver: Colorado Department of Education (May 18, 2007)

Abedi, J. (2007). Research findings on the impact of language factors on the assessment and instruction of English language Learners. CRESST Conference. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, UCLA Graduate School of Education (January 23, 2007)

Abedi, J. (2007). Issues in the Assessment of English language Learners. Early Reading First (ERF) FY 2006 New Grantees Meeting. San Francisco: U.S. Department of Education (April 4, 2007)

Abedi, J. (2007). How current research influences decisions for assessing English language learners and students with disabilities: A summary of recent studies on the validity of accommodations. A symposium, AERA Annual Meeting: Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2007). Reducing the Linguistic Complexity of Content Area Assessments for English Language Learners. A symposium, AERA Annual Meeting: Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2007). Examining DIF and DDF for students with disabilities on state English Language Arts Assessments: A summary of research from the National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects. A symposium, NCME Annual Meeting: Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2007). New English Language Proficiency Tests for the NCLB Title III Assessment: A National Perspective. A pre-session presented at the National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2007). Role of research in improving the validity of classification and assessment of English language learners and students with disabilities. A symposium, National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2007). Methodological issues in developing and validating English language proficiency assessments. A symposium, National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2007). Research findings and implications from the National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects. A symposium, National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2007). Validity of assessing limited English proficient student in state assessment programs”. A symposium, National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2007). Revising the standards for Educational & Psychological Testing: A Report from the NCME Standards and Test Use Committee. A symposium, National Large-Scale Assessment: Nashville, Tennessee.

Abedi, J. (2006). The use of accommodations for English language learners: Latest Research and Current Practice. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education: LEP Partnership Meeting (August 28-29, 2006).

Abedi, J. (2006). Accommodations for English language learners that may alter the construct being measured. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, CA: April, 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006). Are accommodations used for English language learners valid. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, CA: April, 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006, organizer and presenter). Accommodations policies and practices for English language learners and students with disabilities. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, CA: April, 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006, presenter). Examining background variables of students with disabilities that affect reading. An invited symposium at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education: San Francisco, CA: April, 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006). Validity, effectiveness, and feasibility of accommodations for English language learners with disabilities. Paper presented at the 2006 Conference on “Accommodating Students with Disabilities on State Assessments: What Works? Sponsored by Educational Testing Service, Council on Exceptional Children, College Board, and National Institute for Urban School Improvement. Savannah, Georgia, March 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006). Assessment issues related to English language learners and the No Child Left Behind Initiative. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Tampa, Florida, March 2006.

Abedi, J. (2006). High-Stakes Tests and English language learners. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Tampa, Florida, March 2006.

Abedi, J. (2005). Accountability Issues for English language learners in No Child Left Behind. A Featured Session at the 34th Annual Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education: San Antonio, January, 2005.

Abedi, J. (2005). Research on the NCLB assessment of English Language Learners. A Board-Sponsored Session at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). San Antonio: April, 2005.

Abedi, J. (2005, presenter). Issues arisen from consideration/application of the 1999 AERA/APA/NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing as related to ELL students. An invited symposium at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education: Montreal, Canada: April, 2005.

Abedi, J. (2005, organizer & presenter). Current Trends and Recent Progress in English Language Proficiency Assessment: A National Perspective. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Montreal, Canada.

Abedi, J. (2005, organizer & presenter). Validity of accommodations used in NAEP and NCLB for English language learners and students with disabilities. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2005 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, San Antonio, June 2005.

Abedi, J. (2005, organizer & presenter). Technical issues concerning standard settings for the newly developed English language proficiency tests. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2005 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, San Antonio, June 2005.

Abedi, J. (2005, organizer & presenter). Validity of assessment in determining AYP for English language learners and students with disabilities. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2005 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, San Antonio, June 2005.

Abedi, J. (2004). No Child Left Behind and English Language Learners: Issues and Recommendations. Presented at the Forum on Ideas to Improve the NCLB Accountability Provisions for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Center on Education Policy (September 14, 2004)

Abedi, J (2004). Assessment and Accountability Issues for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners. Keynote Speech, at the New Mexico State Department of Education, Fall Special Education Meeting (October, 20, 2004). http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/events/fall04.triannual.pdf

Abedi, J. (2004). Psychometric Bias in the Assessment of ELL Students for Special Education Eligibility. A paper presented at the Research Conference on “English Language Learners Struggling to Learn: Emergent Research on Linguistic Differences and Learning Disabilities. Arizona: Arizona State University, National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational System, NCCRESt (www.nccrest.org). (November, 17-19, 2004, paper will be published in a special issue journal)

Abedi, J. (2004). What is the role of research in accommodation decision-making for English language learner. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego.

Abedi, J. & Leon, S. (2004). Attitudinal issues in the math assessment for English language learners. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego.

Abedi, J. (2004). DIF analyses based on language background variables. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education in San Diego.

Abedi, J. (2004). Research findings on the technical/psychometric issues concerning existing English language proficiency tests. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education in San Diego.

Abedi, J. (2004, organizer & presenter). Reporting AYP measure fro accommodated ELL students. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2004 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Boston.

Abedi, J. (2004). Universal design for assessment: Theoretical foundations and practical implications. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2004 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Boston.

Herman, J. & Abedi, J. (2004). Assessing opportunity to learn for English language learners. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego.

Abedi, J. (2003, organizer & presenter). Issues in the assessment and classification for English language learner. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2003 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, San Antonio, Texas.

Abedi, J. (2003, organizer & presenter). Determining language versus disability issues in the assessment of ELL students. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2003 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, San Antonio, Texas.

Abedi, J. (2003, organizer & presenter). Linguistic modification in the assessment of English language learners. An AERA symposium, presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2003, organizer & presenter). Impact of improved participation of English language learners and students with disabilities on overall scores. An AERA symposium, presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2003) Research on Accommodations for English Language Learners. Paper (symposium) presentated at the 2003 National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME), Chicago.

Abedi, J. (2002, organizer and presenter). Issues concerning classification of English language learners. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2002 AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Abedi, J. (2002, organizer & presenter). Technical issues concerning existing language proficiency tests. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2002 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Palm Desert, California.

Abedi, J. (2002, organizer & presenter). Impact of accommodation on low-performing student populations. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2002 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Palm Desert, California.

Abedi, J. (2002, organizer & presenter). Utility and limitations of existing national and state data in research on large-scale assessment issues. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2002 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Palm Desert, California.

Abedi, J. (2002). Psychometric issues in the assessment of English language learners. In “Measuring and supporting English language learning in schools”. Paper presented at the annual CRESST conference, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Abedi, J. (2001). Psychometric Issues Concerning the Assessment of English Language Learners: A Closer Look at National Data.. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2001 AERA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Abedi, J. (2001). Accommodation issues in the assessment of SD/LEP students: A summary of selected current research.. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2001 AERA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Abedi, J. (2001). Psychometric issues in the assessment of English language learner (ELL) students. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2001 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Houston, Texas.

Abedi, J. (2001). Impact of accommodation on trend and reporting in large-scale assessments. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2001 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Houston, Texas.

Abedi, J. (2001). Issues concerning the use of standardized achievement tests in classification of English language learner (ELL) students. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2001 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Houston, Texas.

Abedi, J. & Campbell, J. (2000). Language simplification of test items. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2000 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Snowbird, Utah.

Abedi, J. & Campbell, J. (2000). National research and development on accommodations for LEP students. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2000 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Snowbird, Utah.

Abedi, J. & Stancavage, F. (2000). Validity of accommodated assessments for SD/LEP students. Paper (Symposium) presented at the 2000 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers, Snowbird, Utah.

Abedi, J. (2000). Confounding of students’ performance and their language background.. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2000 AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Abedi, J. (2000). Analyses of extant data from two school districts with substantial English language learners (ELL) populations. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2000 AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Abedi, J. (2000). Differences between response patterns of LEP and Non-LEP to standardized test items. Paper (symposium) presented at the 2000 AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Abedi, J. (2000). Examining the effectiveness of accommodation strategies on the performance of English language learners. Paper presented at the High School Exit Examination Standards Panel. Sacramento, CA. February 17.

Abedi, J. (2000, September). Recent research findings on assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners. Paper presented at the annual CRESST conference, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Instructional Media

Hogge, J.H., Abedi, J., & Cini, A. (1973). Peabody statistical library (computer programs and manuals for instruction). Nashville: George Peabody Press.

Abedi, J. (1967). Standardization of Leiter International Intelligence Scale for Iranians (2 to 18 years old). (Adapted for Iranian culture.)

Abedi, J. (1966). Standardization of Otis-Lennon Intelligence Tests. (Adapted for Iranian culture.)

Abedi, J. (1966-1967). Standardization of Otis-Lennon Intelligence Tests. (Created three new parallel pictorial forms adapted to Iranian culture.)

Publications in Persian

Abedi, J. (1983). The techniques and procedures for answering multiple choice item tests. Tehran: Mihan Press.

Abedi, J., & Esfandiari, M. (1985). Inferential statistics (Vol. II). Tehran: Center for University Publications. [Translated into Persian from: Glass, G.V., & Stanley, J.C. (1970). Statistical methods in education and training. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc.]

Abedi, (1983). The research report. Translated from Resta, P.E New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. (by the Institute of Psychology, University of Tehran, June 1983).

Abedi, J. (1983) An introduction to survey research and data analysis. Translated from San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Co. (Persian translation published by the Center for University Publications, Tehran, July 1983.)

Abedi, J., & Esfandiari M. (1976). Descriptive statistics (Vol. I), Tehran: Pars College Press. [Translated into Persian from: Glass, G.V., & Stanley, J.C. (1970). Statistical methods in education and training. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc.]

Gilmore, G., Chandy, J., & Anderson, T. (1977). The Bender Gestalt and the Mexican American students. Psychology in the School, 172-176. (Persian translation of the article was published in Educational Research and Studies, Tehran, 2, 6-24.)

Norris, R.C., & Hjelm, H.F. (1970). Non-normality and product moment correlation. Readings in statistics for the behavioral sciences. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc. (Persian translation of the article was published in Educational Research and Studies, Tehran, 1976, 1, 14-29.)

Major Computer Software

Abedi, J. (1994). Interrater/Test Reliability System (ITRS). Los Angeles: Advance Research & Data Analyses Center.

Abedi, J. (1989). FRACTION: A computer program for fractional factorial design.

Abedi, J. (1974). A program for three-factor analysis of variance designs with repeated measures on two factors.

Professional Experience

July 2005 -Pre Professor (Step V, since July 2009), University of California, Davis.

July 2007 – Sep 2008 Chair of the Faculty, University of California, Davis, School of Education

July 2005-Pre Partner, Center for the Study of Evaluation, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

1991-2005 Director of Technical Projects, Center for the Study of Evaluation, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

2000-2005 Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

1984-1989 Institutional Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Division

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Council on Measurement in Education
  • The Mathematical Association of America

Awards and Honors

  • American Educational Research Professional Service Award: Outstanding Contribution Relating Research to Practice. 2003.
  • California Educational Research Association: Lifetime Achievement Award, December 2008.

Current Activities and Service

2010-11 Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

2007- 2009 Chair, Annual Meeting Policies and Procedures Committee, American Educational Research Association.

2006 –2009 Member of the Planning Committee, American Educational Research Association

2006- 2007 Chair Designate, Annual Meeting Policies and Procedures Committee, American Educational Research Association.

2006- 2009 Member, NCME Standards & Test Use Committee for revisions of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

2005 –2007 Member of the Planning Committee, National Conference on Large-Scale Assessment

2006- 2008 Member of the expert panel of the U.S. Department of Education, LEP Partnership.

2006 – Pre Member of the Technical Advisory Group of Colorado Department of Education .

2004 – 2007 Member of the Expert Panel on NCLB, National Education Association, Washington, DC.

2007- Pre Member of the Technical Advisory Group of South Carolina Department of Education

2001- Pre Member of the Technical Advisory Group of New Mexico Department of Education

2006-2007 Member of the Technical Advisory Group of Michigan Assessment Research Council

2005-2008 Member of the Technical Word Group (TWG) of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a congressionally mandated evaluation of NEAP.

2005-Pre Member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Western Regional Educational Laboratory (WREL, WestEd)

2004 – Pre Co-Principal Investigator of the National Accessible Reading Assessment.

2004 – 2006 Member of the Technical Advisory Group, The New England New England Compact Enhanced Assessment

2002- 2007 Evaluator, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)’s English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) Collaborative Assessment Project

1999-2000 Founder and Chair, AERA Special Interest Group on: Inclusion & Accommodation in Large-Scale Assessment (SIG #96).

1999 Peer reviewer for the Interim Evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratories. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

1991-1997 Project coordinator for the Technical Review Panel conducting validity studies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, CRESST/UCLA

Journals’ Editorial Board/Reviewer

Associate Editor: Educational Assessment

Member of the Editorial Board for International Multilingual Research Journal

Courses Taught at UC Davis

Education 119: The use and misuse of standardized tests

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concept of educational and psychological testing. Undergraduate students from different academic disciplines can benefit from this course. It provides a unique opportunity for students to: (1) gain knowledge about measurement concepts and commonly used tests that measure different aspects of human behavior such as intelligence, creativity, achievement, interests, motivation, attitudes and values, (2) receive a brief training in the use of some of these tests, (3) administer some of these tests in areas of their interest and (4) learn how to report the results of their assessments in a way that is informative for school psychologists, teachers, parents and students. Students will be involved in a substantial level of hands-on-performance.

  • Education 202: Computer Analysis of Qualitative Data
  • Education 203: Educational Testing and Evaluation
  • Education 204B: Quantitative Methods in Educational Research: Experimental Design
  • Education 235: Survey Research Methods

Funded Research

October 2006-Present Co-principal investigator, a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education to examine issues concerning ELL assessments.
October 2004 – Present Co-principal investigator. The National Accessible Reading Assessment Project (NARAP). A 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

February 2004-2006 Project Director, a grant from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to lead national efforts on research on Language Minority Children using NCES databases (ECLS and NHES).

February 2004-July 2004 Project Director, a grant from the UCLA Mathematics Department to conduct evaluation on the effectiveness of their math training for elementary, middle and high school.

June 2002-2004 Project Director, a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences to conduct studies on the instruction and assessment of ELL students, in particular, to study the Opportunity To Learn (OTL) for ELL students.

September 1999-2002 Project Director, a contract from the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA). Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST).

1999-2000 Principal investigator/Project Director, a grant from the National Center for Education Statistic to conduct NAEP Secondary Analyses.

1999 Project Director, a grant from the National Center for Education Statistic to conduct studies on the impact of students’ background characteristics on their performance.

1996-1998 Principal investigator/Project Director, a grant from the National Center for Education Statistic to conduct NAEP Secondary Analyses.

 

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