Student Profile

Alexandria M. Hurtt
Ph.D. Student, School Organization & Educational Policy

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Ph.D. Education, expected June 2020 
UC Davis, Davis, CA 

M.A. Education, 2015 
UC Davis, Davis, CA

B.A. Political Science, 2012
Minor: Professional Writing 
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Presentations & Publications

Hurtt, A. (2018, April). Academic rigor and english course-taking: A descriptive analysis of differential enrollment patterns among California high school students. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New York City, NY.

Hurtt, A., Reed, S., Kurlaender, M., Martorell, P., & Naven, M. (2017, April). Reinvestigating the achievement gap: An analysis of student performance on the SBAC and CAHSEE. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Reed, S., Kurlaender, M., & Hurtt, A. (2016, September 7). Are A-G requirements an indicator of college readiness? Memo submitted to the California Department of Education. 

Research support provided: 
Kurlaender, M., Martorell, P., & Reed, S. (2016, June). High school exit exams: A review of the literature, current state reforms, and analysis of California assessment data (CAHSEE & SBAC). Report to the California Department of Education. Available at:

Hurtt, A. & Reed, S. (2016, February). High school exit exams: What do we know? Oral presentation at the UC Davis School of Education Brown Bag Seminar Series, Davis, CA.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Program Travel Fellowship, UC Davis, 2017-2018
  • Mohini Jain Family Foundation Award, UC Davis, 2017-2018
  • APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, 2017
  • First-Year Fellowship Award, UC Davis, 2015
  • Chairman of the Board Scholarship, TCNJ, 2008-2012 

Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, 2016-present
California Education Lab, UC Davis

Principal Investigator, 2015
Master’s thesis: “This Is How You Get There”: The Impact of Teacher Learning Opportunities in the Context of Common Core

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
School of Education, UC Davis, 2015-2017

  • EDU100, Introduction to Schools
  • EDU120, Philosophical & Social Foundations of Educations
  • EDU204A, Quantitative Methods in Educational Research: Analysis of Correlational Designs


Dr. Michal Kurlaender, primary

Dr. Kevin Gee, secondary


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)
  • California Education Lab
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

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