The new edition of the Washington Educational Research Association's journal features four articles authored by alumni and faculty from the University of Washington College of Education.

The fall 2015 edition focuses on topics related to highly capable students, and UW alumni authoring articles were:

  • LaWonda Smith (L4L/EdD '15) — "Improving Disproportionality of Students of Color in Highly Capable Programs" provides a case study from a large Pacific Northwest school district on the under-representation of students of color in highly capable programs, including an examination of root causes of disproportionality and opportunities for districts to address these inequalities.
  • Barbara Peterson (L4L/EdD '15) — "Providing Equitable Access to Rigorous Coursework in Rural High School Using a Cycle of Inquiry" examines a process used in a rural district to determine why Hispanic students have not had access to more challenging high school courses and the steps taken to address this shortcoming.
  • Rachel Chung (PhD '15) and Nancy Hertzog, professor of education —"University of Washington Robinson Center for Young Scholars: A Review of Current Research" looks at the impact of the Center’s Saturday Enrichment Program, the experiences of students who graduated from its two early college entrance programs, and parental expectations on Asian immigrants.
  • Jack Monpas-Huber (PhD '07) — "Just Pressing Buttons? Validity Evidence for the STAR and Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments" looks at the correlation between Smarter Balanced results and those of the STAR Reading and Math assessments, two computer-adaptive assessments that are commonly used by districts around the country.

Read these articles in the WERA Educational Journal.


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