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Laine P. Bradshaw

  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methodology)

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Office Location

325R Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychometrics
  • Educational Measurement
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Test Development
  • Mathematics Education
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Innovative assessment tecnology

Research Interests

  • Diagnostic Classification Modeling
  • Item Response Theory
  • Diagnostic Assessment Design
  • Formative Assessment
  • Student Misconceptions in Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Statistics Education

Programs of Study

Research Summary

My research focuses on developing and improving psychometric methods for educational assessments. By improving psychometric methodology, I seek to improve the utility of assessments. My goal is to help provide students, teachers, and researchers with actionable information they need, value and can trust.

My work has contributed to advancements in multidimensional item response models called diagnostic classification models (DCMs). DCM-based methods I have designed are used to provide fine-grained diagnoses of students' complex knowledge structures, which include concepts students understand as well as misconceptions they have.

Intersecting my background in mathematics education with psychometrics, my research also includes collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to create diagnostic assessments. Recently, I founded Navvy Education, LLC and developed a classroom-based, diagnostic assessment system for Grades 3-8 and high school mathematics and English language arts. The assessment system ("Navvy", rhymes with savvy) is the first of its kind. Navvy is a through-year, web-based assessment system that provides real-time feedback about students' competencies of state academic standards using novel psychometric methods. Currently, 16 school districts are using the system to provide on-going, actionable information about what students understand and what they need additional help to understand.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics University of Georgia 2011
MEd Mathematics Education University of Georgia 2007
BS Mathematics Education University of Georgia 2007

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2018 Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award for Research and Outreach University of Georgia, College of Education
2015 Jason Millman Promising Measurement Scholar Award National Council of Measurement in Education
2015 Ocie T. Dekle Excellence in Teaching Award University of Georgia, College of Education
2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award American Educational Research Association Cognition and Assessment SIG
2013 Sarah Moss Fellowship University of Georgia
2011 Joseph R. Hooten Award for Teaching University of Georgia, Mathematics Education Department