Testing & Assessment


Testing and Assessment

Many of the School’s faculty and staff have expertise in testing and assessment. Read about their research here.

Post Megan Welsh

Quit Teaching to the Test
Megan Welsh says focusing on good teaching is more effective

In districts where teachers and schools are being evaluated based on the test score gains of their students, everything is riding on making those test scores as high as possible. For educators under that kind of pressure, “teaching to the test” may seem like the only option. They hand out practice books and drill their students for days or weeks before each standardized test to ensure success. 

Research Jamal Abedi Christian Faltis

Professors Complete Editorship of AERA Journal with Issue on Assessment

In 2013, Professors Jamal Abedi and Christian Faltis were selected to edit two volumes of Review of Research in Education, one of the most influential education research journals in the world. With Volume 39, Teacher Assessment and the Assessment of Students with Diverse Learning Needs, they complete their run as editors of the prestigious publication.

Research Jamal Abedi Paul Heckman

Formative Assessment Study Nearing End
Offers Many Lessons, Development of Practical Tools

Nearing the end of a five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, Professors Jamal Abedi and Paul Heckman have learned much about the status of formative assessment in mathematics and are looking forward to the launch of a website with tools for teachers and administrators early next year.

The work is important because assessing student knowledge during instruction—the heart of formative assessment—empowers teachers to address possible deficiencies in student understanding and increase student learning.

Distinguished Speaker: Peggy G. Carr

Distinguished Speaker: Peggy G. Carr
Beyond the Pencil: The Nation’s Report Card’s Transition to Technology

On October 28, 2104, Peggy G. Carr, Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Educational Statistics for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, and U.S. Department of Education, was the featured speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers Speaker Series at UC Davis. The series is presented by the UC Davis School of Education, the Graduate Group in Education, and the School of Education Alumni Annual Fund.

Research Jamal Abedi

Read-Aloud Option Boosts Achievement on National Assessment, Study Finds
By Christina A. Samuels, EdWeek - March 26, 2014

Having teachers read aloud a reading-comprehension test to students with disabilities and English-language learners offers a boost in scores without altering what the test is trying to measure, according to a study of about 2,000 California 4th and 8th graders who were given the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in 2013. Professor Jamal Abedi is the lead author of the research report.

Abedi, who also serves as an advisor on English-learners to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two groups, said the findings suggest that read-aloud accommodations on reading-comprehension tests could be useful for students with disabilities and for English-language learners, and feasible to implement. Read the full article here.

Research Jamal Abedi

Jamal Abedi Receives $1.6 Millon Grant
Professor will develop computer assessment and accommodation system

November 2013 – Jamal Abedi, professor of education, received a four-year $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a computer assessment and accommodation system aligned with a new generation of assessments based on the Common Core State Standards. This project will focus on the needs of English learners (EL) and will advance our knowledge and capability to appropriately assess EL students in important content areas such as mathematics.

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Jamal Abedi To Serve on Common Core Assessment Group
Edweek, September 7, 2012

Deemed a “heavy-hitter” in the field of assessment for student with disabilities and English learners, Professor Jamal Abedi will serve on a panel of experts charged with advising on the validity and fairness of new assessments tied to Common Core Standards. Read the story here. You can read more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium here.

News Paul Heckman Jamal Abedi

Study finds too many variables with eighth-grade algebra policy
Davis Enterprise, September 9, 2012

Paul Heckman, associate dean of the School of Education, is interviewed extensively in this article highlighting research conducted by Heckman and Professor Jamal Abedi. Read the full article by Jeff Hudson here.


Profs. Heckman and Abedi Study Algebra for All
EdSource - August 2012

EdSource features a look at a recent study that Professors Paul Heckman and Jamal Abedi and Jian-Hua Liang (EdD ‘09) at the California Department of Education released on the connection between success on California’s Standards Test and subsequent success in Algebra in ninth grade.

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