Jennifer Randall

Jennifer Randall

Jennifer Randall

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of Evaluation for the Center for Educational Assessment
Research, Educational Measurement, & Psychometrics

Email iconjrandall@educ.umass.edu

Phone icon(413) 545-7125

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W114C Furcolo

Education

B.A., Duke University, 1996
M.A.T., Duke University, 1999
Ph.D, Emory University, 2007

Biography

Jennifer Randall, Associate Professor, joined the faculty in September 2007. Prior to her graduate studies, Jennifer taught pre-school and high school social studies for several years. Her research interests primarily reflect the measurement issues and concerns she encountered as a classroom teacher which include the grading practices/philosophies of teachers, particularly differential practices as they relate to students of color, first generation students, English learners, and students with disabilities. She is especially interested in the ways in which assessments (both large-scale & classroom-based) take into consideration, and impact, historically marginalized populations in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she is investigating the differential impact of licensure examinations on the certification rates of prospective teachers of color; and the resulting consequences on the learning experiences of students of color. At present, Dr. Randall serves as the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Evaluation for the Center of Educational Assessment. She teaches courses in statistics, research methods, scale development, and measurement theory.

Dr. Randall is an active member, and has presented her work at the annual meetings, of several regional and national professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association, the National Council of Measurement in Education, and the Northeastern Educational Research Association. She has served as co-chair of the NERA Diversity Task Force as well as a chair of the NCME Diversity Issues in Testing Committee.

Research

Applications of the Rasch Model, Classroom Assessment, Grading Practices, Social Studies Education, Test Accommodations

  • Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration