Return to: Ph.D. in Education
This specialization focuses on preparing leaders and scholars to address the growing need for assessment and accountability systems across all sectors. Covering the technical elements of assessment, course topics include analyzing the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods data essential to accountability systems and designing assessment systems to improve individual, program, and institutional performance. Focusing on assessment as a tool for positive change, this specialization also considers the complex sociological, political, and economic factors affecting assessment, evaluation, and accountability processes.
Prospective Georgia students: At this time, this program is not eligible for certificate level upgrades in Georgia.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
1. Formulate and execute practices that unite evaluation, assessment, and accountability in a socially responsible and ethical manner.
2. Develop and defend a comprehensive plan for assessment systems designed for improving the performance of individuals, programs, and institutions.
3. Design proposals for evaluation, assessment, and accountability with evidence of sociological, political, and economic considerations integrated within.
4. Construct reports that clearly synthesize and communicate actionable findings for quantitative and qualitative data.
5. Develop written and visual assessment communication in a way that is appropriate to the audience and purpose.
6. Execute a plan for sustaining a culture of improvement in an organization.