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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Michigan State University

MA, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

External Positions

National Council on Measurement in Education

American Educational Research Association

Research interests

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

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Projects 2007 2020

development indicator
growth and development
Performance evaluation
Growth and development
research project

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Developing a Measure of Spanish Phonological Awareness for Preschool Age Children: Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators

Wackerle-Hollman, A., Durán, L., Brunner, S., Palma, J., Kohlmeier, T. & Rodriguez, M. C., Jan 2 2019, In : Educational Assessment. 24, 1, p. 33-56 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

preschool age
Spanish language

A comparative international study of differences in beliefs between future teachers and their educators

Rodriguez, M. C., Tatto, M. T., Palma, J. & Nickodem, K., Aug 16 2018, Exploring the Mathematical Education of Teachers Using TEDS-M Data. Springer International Publishing, p. 165-192 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Exploring the mathematical education of teachers using TEDS-M data

Tatto, M. T., Rodriguez, M. C., Smith, W. M., Reckase, M. D. & Bankov, K., Aug 16 2018, Springer International Publishing. 579 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

primary school
1 Citation (Scopus)

Item development research and practice

Albano, A. D. & Rodriguez, M. C., Mar 8 2018, Handbook of Accessible Instruction and Testing Practices: Issues, Innovations, and Applications. Springer International Publishing, p. 181-198 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

research and development
9 Citations (Scopus)

Estimating Between-Person and Within-Person Subscore Reliability with Profile Analysis

Bulut, O., Davison, M. L. & Rodriguez, M. C., Jan 2 2017, In : Multivariate Behavioral Research. 52, 1, p. 86-104 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle