- Early childhood
- Education practice and theory
Michael Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development and a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology.
His research focuses on understanding the psychometric properties of tests, such as the effects of item formats and the use of constructed-response versus multiple-choice items. He has 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. He also works on issues related to improving accessibility of assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners and leads the Minnesota Youth Development Research Group, examining multiple aspects of youth development, social-emotional skills, and important educational outcomes. He currently provides advisory support to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (ETS), the U.S. Department of Defense on military personnel testing, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Minnesota Assessment Group.