Professor, UC Davis
JAMAL ABEDI, Ph.D., is a professor at the School of Education of the University of California, Davis and a research partner at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). Abedi's research interests include studies in the area of psychometrics and test and scale developments. Among his interests and his recent work are studies on the validity of assessments and accommodations and opportunity to learn for English language learners (ELLs). His recent work also includes comparability issues for alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Abedi is the recipient of the 2003 national Professional Service Award in recognition of his “Outstanding Contribution Relating Research to Practice” by the American Educational Research Association and the 2008 “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the California Educational Research Association. Abedi has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychometrics from Vanderbilt University.