Jamal Abedi Recognized by Peers for Distinguished Public Service March 2014
Professor Jamal Abedi has received a 2014 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. The award recognizes significant contributions to the world, nation, state and/or local community through distinguished public service. Up to four (4) awards are made annually.
Abedi is an internationally renowned scholar in the area of educational assessment. His nominator, Professor Robert Bayley, noted, “I witnessed firsthand not only the scholarly rigor that Professor Abedi brought to [a project to examine reading assessments for students with disabilities], but also the kindness and graciousness with which he treated all members of the research team and his passion to ensure that the work we are doing would have a positive impact on the life chances of American children, regardless of disability status.”
In addition to Abedi’s preeminence in his scholarly field, Abedi volunteers countless hours to national and international groups engaged in making standardized testing practices more equitable.
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.