University of Oregon

Our Year in Review


easyCBMs (Curriculum Based Measurements) were taken last year by over 1 million students administered by more than 100,000 teachers from every state in the country.  easyCBM

Julie Alonzo published a paper, The Relation Between Smarter Balanced and easyCBM Mathematics and Reading Assessments; she received a 1.5 million dollar grant from IES to study training on decision making for curriculum-based assessments within response to intervention systems. She presented at the American Educational Research Association on Interventions Being Implemented in Response to Intervention: A Snapshot of the Nation. Dr. Alonzo was promoted to Research Associate Professor this year.  J. Alonzo Biography

Joe Nese published a study modeling the time-varying nature of student exceptionality classification for students taking the Oregon state test (OAKS); he presented a paper at the American Education Research Association, Comparing Passage Lengths and Human vs. Speech Recognition Scoring or Oral Reading Fluency. Dr. Nese was promoted to Research Assistant Professor this year.  J. Nese Biography

Leilani Sáez co-authored and published an article, Using Explicit and Systematic Instruction to Support Working Memory, along with publishing a study on Individual Differences in Kindergarten Through Grade 2 Fluency Relations. She presented, The Learning Receptiveness Assessment: A Tablet-based Tool for Bridging Kindergarten and Preschool Early Screenings to Prevent Learning Difficulties at the National Association for the Education of Young Children; she was funded with a 2.5 million dollar grant from OSEP (and now finishing the first year). Dr. Sáez was promoted to Research Assistant Professor this year.  L. Sáez Biography

Daniel Anderson presented at two national conferences (Exploring the Latino-White Achievement Gap Across Disability Classifications Over Time at Education and Inequality in 21st Century America and Cohort and Content Variability in Value-added Model School Effects at the National Council on Measurement in Education); he completed an R package for running Winsteps and R to enhance the variety of graphic displays on item and test functioning and taught a year-long experimental course on R to researchers at BRT. Dr. Anderson was promoted to Research Associate this year.  D. Anderson Biography

Shawn Irvin completed one of the biggest studies on statewide kindergarten entry with 42,000 students in Oregon and submitted a paper on emergent literacy and mathematics achievement; he also completed a National Science Foundation grant on science assessments that went to panel and is now being re-submitted. He authored two technical reports: a Distributed Item Review: Administrator User Guide, Technical Report 1603 and Innovation Need Survey: Implementing a Technology Tool to Improve Early Data-based Decisions to Address and Prevent learning Disabilities, Technical Report 1602.  S. Irvin Biography

Dan Farley is in the final revision for a paper being published that models reading growth in grades 3-5 with an alternate assessments; he also presented a paper at the National Council on Measurement in Education on Modeling NCTM and CCSS 5th Grade Math Growth Estimates and InteractionsD. Farley Biography

Raina Megert received the College of Education Officer of Administration Award. This award honors University of Oregon employees who have been recognized for their outstanding service to students, the College, and/or state and community partners. R. Megert Biography

Denise Swanson was one of only five people campus-wide to be awarded a 2016 Classified Star award in recognition of her outstanding service to the University of Oregon.The Classified Star awards recognize classified employees who go “above and beyond” in their work at the University of Oregon.  D. Swanson Biography