Experience

 
 
 
 
 
April 2019 – Present
Lawrence, KS

Senior Psychometrician

ATLAS

Member of the ATLAS psychometric team working across multiple projects including the Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment, an 19-state consortium that uses DLM as their large-scale operational assessment, and Innovations in Science Map, Assessment & Report Technologies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead research program on psychometric modeling
  • Create and maintain R packages
  • Oversee development and execution of programming needs for scoring and reporting
  • Prepare research projects for presenation to national conferences and technical advisory committee
 
 
 
 
 
April 2018 – April 2019
Lawrence, KS

Psychometrician

ATLAS

Member of the ATLAS psychometric team working primarily on Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment, a 19-state consortium that uses DLM as their large-scale operational assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create and maintain R packages
  • Oversee development of scripts for scoring and reporting
  • Prepare research projects for presenation to national conferences and technical advisory committee
 
 
 
 
 
January 2016 – April 2018
Lawrence, KS

Psychometrician Assistant

ATLAS

Member of the ATLAS psychometric team working primarily on Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment, a 19-state consortium that uses DLM as their large-scale operational assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create R package for the scoring of the DLM operational assessment
  • Create R and SQL scripts to create deliverable score files
 
 
 
 
 
January 2015 – Present
Kansas City, KS

Statistical Consultant

Jake Thompson Consulting

Selected projects:

  • Data analysis for research labs the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Development of white paper on the implementation of evidence centered design for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
 
 
 
 
 
August 2014 – January 2016
Lawrence, KS

Graduate Research Assistant

ATLAS

Research assistant for the psychometric team working on the Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment, a 19-state consortium that uses DLM as their large-scale operational assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create R script to score technology enhanced items
  • Work with content experts and educators to develop content standards and a new alternate assessment for science

Projects

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Tidy Data Science

Website and materials for a week long workshop on using R and the tidyverse for data science.

Dynamic Learning Maps

The Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment System is a large scale assessment administered by the Center for Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems at the University of Kansas.

Evaluating Model Estimation Processes for Diagnostic Classification Models

PhD dissertation submitted to the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

Soccer Predictions Using Bayesian Mixed Effects Models

Models developed for the prediction of individual games, European domestic leagues, and the UEFA Champions League.

jayhawkdown

Template for writing theses and dissertations at the University of Kansas using rmarkdown and bookdown.

Dissociating Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Unipolar Depression

Undergraduate Honors Thesis for psychology departmental honors at the University of Kansas. Winner for the Department of Psychology’s best Honors Thesis and Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate in Psychology.

Selected Publications

As the use of diagnostic assessment systems transitions from research applications to large-scale assessments for accountability …

Learning progressions and learning map structures are increasingly being used as the basis for the design of large-scale assessments. …

This graphic shows the probability of providing a correct response to an item in a multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) model. …

Recent Publications

More Publications

As the use of diagnostic assessment systems transitions from research applications to large-scale assessments for accountability …

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessments measure the knowledge, skills, and understandings of students with the most …

Learning progressions and learning map structures are increasingly being used as the basis for the design of large-scale assessments. …

As cheating on high-stakes tests continues to threaten the validity of score interpretations, approaches for detecting cheating …

As the use of diagnostic assessment systems transitions from research applications to large-scale assessments for accountability …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Learning progressions and learning map structures are increasingly being used as the basis for the design of large-scale assessments. …

Learning map models are a type of cognitive model composed of multiple interconnected learning targets and other critical knowledge and …

As the use of diagnostic assessment systems transitions from research applications to large-scale assessments for accountability …

Recent Posts

More Posts

Make a ggplot2-themed clock face

Earlier this week Mike Bostock tweeted a interesting looking contour plot with a link to edit the formula and manipulate the graphic …

Recently I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out Thomas Lin Pedersen’s new grammar of animation, which is an extension of ggplot2 …

A while back, I was inspired by this Twitter exchange to create a bot that would tweet out tidyverse related material. Armchair …

This time last year, I submitted a graphic to the Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) cover showcase competition. In …

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