Michael C. Rodriguez
56 East River Rd
Ph.D., Michigan State University
I focus much of my research on understanding the psychometric properties of tests. This work has included research on the effects of item formats and the use of constructed-response versus multiple-choice items. I have a strong interest in applied measurement, spending a good deal of time working with schools and school districts to develop methods for improving their use of large-scale test information for planning and evaluation. I also continue to work on issues related to assessment of students with disabilities and the design of Modified Assessments. I am doing research with Graduate Students on MN Latino youth and their involvement in out-of-school activities. I currently chair the Technical Advisory Committee of the GRE for ETS and the Assessment Certification Advisory Panel for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. I work with a USAID project developing the national assessment program in
I am the director of the Office of Research Consultation & Services. The ORCS provides research support to faculty, staff, and students in CEHD.
Awards include: 2009 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, University of Minnesota; 2008 Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching Award, College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society; 2005 Albert J. Harris Research Award of the International Reading Association; and 2004 Community Service Award,
Courses I teach
(all EPSY courses)
EPSY 5221—Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
EPSY 5244—Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation
EPSY 8269—Matrix Algebra
Special Topics: Standard Setting, Equating, Advanced Survey Data Analysis
Rodriguez, M.C., & Maeda, Y. (2006). Meta-analysis of coefficient alpha. Psychological Methods, 11, 306-322.
Rodriguez, M.C. (2005). Three options are optimal for multiple-choice items: A meta-analysis of 80 years of research. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 24(2), 3-13.
Rodriguez, M.C., & Morrobel, D. (2004). A Review of Latino Youth Development Research and a Call for an Asset Orientation. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 26(2), 107-127.
Rodriguez, M.C. (2004). The role of classroom assessment in student performance on TIMSS. Applied Measurement in Education, 17(1), 1-24.
Rodriguez, M.C. (2003). Construct equivalence of multiple-choice and constructed-response items: A random effects synthesis of correlations. Journal of Educational Measurement, 40(2), 163-184.
Rodriguez, M.C., Morrobel, D., & Villarruel, F.A. (2003). Research realities and a vision of success for Latino youth development. In F. A. Villarruel, D.F. Perkins, L.M Borden, & J.G. Keith (Eds.), Community youth development: Programs, policies, and practices (pp. 47-78). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.