Keena Arbuthnot 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Mathematics, University of Central Missouri, 1999
Master's Degree: Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2002
PhD: Educational Psychology (Concentration in Educational Measurement, Applied Statistics, and Program Evaluation), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2005
Phone: (225) 578-0821
Fax: (225) 578-9135


Office: 203 Peabody Hall



Dr. Keena Arbuthnot received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Psychometrics/Educational Measurement, Applied Statistics and Program Evaluation.  She holds a M.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology and a B.S. degree in Mathematics. In 2005, Dr. Arbuthnot became a Lecturer on Education and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Louisiana State University.

 Dr. Arbuthnot conducts research that addresses issues such as: the achievement gap, differential item functioning, psychological factors related to standardized testing performance, stereotype threat, and mathematical achievement and African-American students.  Dr. Arbuthnot has served as an instructor in various capacities.  She is a former high school mathematics teacher and she has taught several college courses including: Race, Gender & Testing, Applied Statistics in Education, Educational Research Methods, Survey Research Methods, and Principles of Testing and Measurement. Additionally, Dr. Arbuthnot has written a book titled “Filling in the Blanks: Understanding the Black/White Test Score Gap” that was released in 2011.

 Dr. Arbuthnot belongs to several prestigious organizations namely the National Council on Measurement in Education, American Educational Research Association, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Selected Publications

Arbuthnot, K. (June, 2011). Filling in the blanks: Understanding the Black/White Achievement Gap. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.

 Arbuthnot, K. (In Press). Racial Identity and Standardized Testing. In J. Sullivan & A. Esmail (Eds.), African American Racial Identity: An interdisciplinary exploration of the racial and cultural experiences of the Black experience. Lexington Books.

 Arbuthnot, K. (2009). The effects of stereotype threat on standardized mathematics test performance and cognitive processing. Harvard Educational Review.

 Sullivan, J.M., & Arbuthnot, K. (2009). The effects of Black identity on candidate evaluation: An exploratory study. Journal of Black Studies.

Gilbert, J.E., Eugene, W., Arbuthnot, K., Hood, S., & West, M.L. (2009). Culturally relevant game design: A case study for designing interactive algebra lessons for urban youth. I-manager’s Journal of Educational Technology, 5(3) pp. 54-60.

 Ryan, K. E., Ryan, A., Arbuthnot, K., & Samuels, M. (2007) The role of motivation in mathematics examination performance. Educational Researcher.


Selected Presentations

Arbuthnot, K. (2011, July). The role of standardized testing in the college rankings system.  Paper presentation at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Arbuthnot, K. (2011, March). Standardized Testing and Student Achievement. Presentation at Alcorn State University, Alcorn, Mississippi.

Arbuthnot, K. (2011, April). Filling in the Blanks: Understanding standardized testing and the Black-White achievement gap. Book presentation at the Louisiana State University College of Education, Baton Rouge, LA.

Arbuthnot, K. (2009, December). Testing Strategies: Helping all students succeed on standardized tests. Kenilworth Middle School.  

Arbuthnot, K. (2006, December).  Threats to test fairness.  Roundtable discussion and paper presentation at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Arbuthnot, K. (2006, April). The effects of stereotype threat on the strategy choices of black students on a mathematics assessment. Paper presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Ryan, K. E., Ryan, A., Arbuthnot, K., & Samuels, M. (2005, April). Students' motivation for standardized math exams: Insights from students (AERA Program Session). Panelist for invited paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Arbuthnot, K., & Ryan, K. E. (2005, April). Exploring sources of differential item functioning between Black and White test-takers on a mathematics achievement test using McDonald’s methodology. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, Louisiana State University

Project Title: Utilizing Standardized Tests Results to Facilitate Change and Opportunity in Louisiana Classrooms.