Last updated on: 6/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Gregory J. Cizek, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“It is difficult to conceive of any meaningful accountability system in which rigorous, objective information about student achievement—that is, standardised test data—would not be a necessary component.

…There is simply no assessment in existence today, nor has there ever been any test that simply measures whether students can fill in a bubble. As a starting point, we need to recognise both the limitations of current tests, but also their strengths. The typical statewide NCLB tests administered today in every American state are far and away the most accurate, free-of-bias, dependable, and efficient tests that a student will encounter in his or her schooling. They routinely measure whether students have learned important knowledge and skills, and they provide high-quality, useful information to students, parents, educators, and policymakers about achievement in core subjects.”

“Eight Questions for Gregory Cizek,” The Economist, Mar. 30, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President-elect, National Council on Measurement in Education, 2011-2013 (Vice-President, 1986-present)
  • Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation (tenured), School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002-present
  • Member, American Educational Research Association, 1986-present
  • Associate Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation (tenured), School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2001
  • Associate Professor of Educational Research and Measurement (tenured), College of Education, University of Toledo, 1995-1999
  • Assistant Professor of Educational Research and Measurement, College of Education, University of Toledo, 1991-1995
  • Program Manager, American College Testing Program, Inc. (ACT), 1987-1991
  • Test Development Consultant, Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), 1985-1986
  • Editorial Board Member, Applied Measurement in Education, Journal of Educational Measurement, and Educational and Psychological Measurement
  • Member, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), 2007-2009
  • Recipient, National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Award for Dissemination of Educational Measurement Concepts, 2007
  • Recipient, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division D Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology, 2006
  • Statistics Instructor, Michigan State University, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994
  • Educational Psychology Instructor, Michigan State University, 1984-1987
  • Educational Policy Researcher, Michigan Senate Policy and Programs Office, 1985
Education:
  • PhD, Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Design, Michigan State University, 1991
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Michigan State University, 1983
  • BA, Elementary Education, Michigan State University, 1979
  • AA, Journalism, Northwestern Michigan College, 1977
Contact Info:
Phone
919-843-7876
Email
cizek@unc.edu
Website
Faculty profile
Other:
  • Elementary and middle school teacher, Traverse City, MI, 1979-1984
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?