Rethinking Achievement Patterns in STEM: A Lecture by Dr. Keena Arbuthnot

 Understanding Performance and Fairness Issues Related to Standardized Tests


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Tuesday April 10, 2018 | 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.

1001 Energy Coast and Environment Building 

This event is free and open to the public 


Dr. Arbuthnot will present a lecture on her new book Global Perspectives on Education Testing: Examining Fairness, High Stakes and Policy Reform. This book takes an in-depth look at standardized test performance and student achievement in STEM. Dr. Arbuthnot will challenge the audience to think more broadly about fairness issues related to standardized test domestically and abroad.

 Dr. Arbuthnot will provide details about The Arbuthnot Assessment Fairness Framework (TAAF). TAAF Framework was developed as a method to evaluate differential performance patterns between test takers. Additionally, Dr. Arbuthnot will show how utilizing the TAAF Framework can be instrumental in helping policy makers and practitioners better understand the way in which test takers from different groups perform on standardized test.  


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About the Speaker

Dr. Keena Arbuthnot received her Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and has expertise in Psychometrics, Statistics and Program Evaluation. Dr. Keena Arbuthnot began her academic career as a Lecturer on Education and Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education at Louisiana State University in the College of Human Sciences and Education. Dr. Arbuthnot is a former K-12 mathematics teacher who has focused her academic career on examining issues related to the achievement gap, test fairness and STEM achievement.





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