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Laura L. B. Barnes, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Barnes

2444 Main Hall, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74106
laura.barnes@okstate.edu
(918) 594-8517

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Center for Educational Research & Evaluation

Teaching Courses

  • Multiple Regression
  • Psychometric Theory
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Statistical Methods in Education

Research Interests

  • Psychometrics
  • Instrument Development
  • Health Information Seeking

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Statistics and Research Methods, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Publications

Adams, C. M., Ford, T. G., Forsyth, P. B., Ware, J. K., Olsen, J. J., Lepine, J. A., Sr., Barnes, L. B., Khojasteh, J., & Mwavita, M. (2017). Next generation accountability: A vision for improvement under ESSA.  Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.

Adams, C. M., Forsyth, P. B., Ware, J., Mwavita, M., Barnes, L. L., & Khojasteh, J.  (2016). An empirical test of Oklahoma’s A-F school grades.  Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 24(4), 1-25. 

Hathcoat, J.D., Penn, J.D., Barnes, L.L.B., & Comer, J.C.  (2016). A second dystopia in Education: Validity issues in authentic assessment practices.  Research in Higher Education, doi: 10.1007/s1162-016-9407-1.

Barnes, L. L. B., Wheeler, D. L., Laster, B. B., McGaugh, M., & Morse, A.  (2013). Development of a scale to measure laypersons’ beliefs about medical knowledge.  Health Education Journal, doi: 10.1177/0017896911430764.


Mwarumba Mwavita, Ph.D.

Dr. Mwarumba Mwavita

311 Willard Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078
mwavita@okstate.edu
(405) 744-8929

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Center for Educational Research & Evaluation

Teaching Courses

  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Multilevel Statistics
  • Multiple Regression
  • Program Evaluation
  • Statistical Methods in Education

Research Interests

  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Multilevel Methods
  • Accountability and Policy Evaluation
  • STEM

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Statistics and Research Methods, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Education, University of Central Oklahoma
  • B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Kenyatta University

Publications

Adams, C. M., Forsyth, P. B., Ware, J. K., Mwavita, M., Barnes, L., & Khojasteh, J. (2016). An empirical test of Oklahoma’s A-F grades. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(4), 1-26 http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v24.2127

Mosely, C. Utley, J., Angle, J. & Mwavita, M. (2016). Development of the Environmental Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Instrument. School Science and Mathematics, 116 (7), 389-398.

Adams, C. M., Forsyth, P. B., Ware, J. K.,  & Mwavita, M. (2016). The informational significance of A-F School accountability grades. Teachers College Record, 118 (7), 1-31

Curry, K. A., Mwavita, M., Holter, A., & Harris, E. L. (2015). Getting assessment right at the classroom level: Using Formative Assessment for Decision-Making. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability. doi: 10.1007/s11092-015-9226-5.


Ki Cole, Ph.D.

Dr. Ki Cole

313 Willard Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078
ki.cole@okstate.edu
(405) 744-9611

Assistant Professor

Teaching Courses

  • Item Response Theory
  • Factor Analysis
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Statistical Methods in Education

Research Interests

  • Item Response theory
  • Multidimensional data
  • Psychometrics
  • Instrument development

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Statistics and Research Methods, University of Arkansas, 2013
  • M.S., Statistics, University of Arkansas, 2010
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Arkansas, 2008

Publications

Matlock, K., & Paek, I. (2017). PROC IRT: A SAS Procedure for Item Response Theory. Applied Psychological Measurement. doi:10.1177/0146621616685062

Matlock, K., Turner, R., & Gitchel, D. (2016). A Study of Reverse-Worded Matched Item Pairs Using the Generalized Partial Credit and Nominal Response Models. Educational and Psychological Measurement, Online. doi:10.11770013164416670211

Matlock, K., & Turner, R. (2016). Unidimensional IRT item parameter estimates across equivalent test forms with confounding specifications within dimensions. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 76(2), 258-279. doi:10.1177/0013164415589756

Matlock, K., Turner, R. & Khojasteh, J. (2015). Estimating a unidimensional latent ability across multiple test forms with confounding difficulty and length within sub-content areas. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education. doi:10.1504/IJQRE.2016.077800

Matlock, K., Goering, C., Endacott, J., Collet, V., Denny, G., Jennings-Davis, J., & Wright, G. (2015). Teachers’ view of the Common Core State Standards and its implementation. Educational Review. doi:10.1080/00131911.2015.1070333

Matlock, K., Song, J. & Goering, C. (2014). Spatial dependency and contextual effects on Arkansas school districts’ academic achievement. International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 6(3), 32-42. doi:10.5897/IJEAPS2013.0327

Matlock, K. (2013). The reliability of oral reading fluency indicators and their effective use as a response to intervention progress monitoring tool. Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies, 13(3) 110-129.


Jam Khojasteh, Ph.D.

Dr. Jam Khojasteh

2444A Main Hall, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74106
jam.khojasteh@okstate.edu
(918) 894-8226

Associate Professor

Teaching Courses

  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Psychometric Theory
  • Multiple Regression
  • Non-parametric Statistics
  • Statistical Methods in Education

Research Interests

  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Psychometrics

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Statistics and Research Methods, University of Arkansas
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology, Missouri State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Missouri State University

Publications

Whittaker, T. A., & Khojasteh, J. (2016). Detecting appropriate trajectories of growth in latent growth models: The performance of information-based criteria. Journal of Experimental Education, 85, 215-230.

Khojasteh, J., & Lo, W., (2015). Investigating the sensitivity of goodness-of-fit indices to detect measurement invariance in the bifactor model. Structural Equation Modeling, 22, 531-541.

Whittaker, T. A., & Khojasteh, J. (2013). A comparison of methods to detect invariant reference indicators in structural equation modeling. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 1, 426-443.