Michael C Rodriguez

Professor, Quantitative Methods in Education

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Research interests

I focus much of my research on understanding the psychometric properties of tests. This work has included research on the effects of item formats and the use of constructed-response versus multiple-choice items. I also address ways to develop test items to maximize test accessibility, making the test accessible to diverse test takers, including those with cognitive impairments or limited English proficiency. I have a strong interest in applied measurement, spending a good deal of time working with schools and school districts to develop methods for improving their use of large-scale test information for planning and evaluation. This includes working with teachers on classroom assessment and the development of home-grown common-course exams across a district. I am doing research with graduate students on MN youth and their profile of assets and school engagement as well as involvement in out-of-school activities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Michigan State University

Award Date: Aug 19 1999

MA, University of Minnesota

Award Date: Mar 15 1995

External Positions

National Council on Measurement in Education

American Educational Research Association

Research Interest Keywords

  • achievement gap
  • educational disparities
  • opportunity gap
  • educational measurement
  • educational testing

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