Joshua Sussman

Joshua Sussman is a researcher at the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. His research examines the design, implementation, and effects of classroom and large-scale assessments; in particular those assessments that help teachers understand and support learning and development in early and middle childhood. He uses generalized latent variable modeling and hierarchical modeling in quantitative and mixed-methods studies.

Interests and Professional Affiliations

Assessment

Measurment and Evaluation

Educational/School Psychology

Early and Middle Childhood

Outcome Measures

Educational Policy

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Saxe, G. B.*, & Sussman, J.* (2019). Mathematics learning in language inclusive classrooms: Supporting the achievement of English learners as well as their English proficient peers. Educational Researcher, 48(7), 452 – 465. * Equally contributing authors

Sussman, J., & Wilson, M. (2019). The use and validity of standardized achievement tests for evaluating new curricular interventions in mathematics and science. American Journal of Evaluation, 40(2), 190 – 213.

Sussman, J., Beaujean, A. A., Worrell, F. C., & Watson, S. (2013). An analysis of Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS) scores using classical test theory and Rasch item response models. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 46(2), 136 – 153.

Sussman, J., & Tasso, A. F. (2013). The Mesulam Continuous Performance Test: Age-related and gender differences in the sustained attention of elementary school children. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 10(2), 1 – 13.

Didonna, A., Sussman, J., Benetti, F., & Legname, G. (2012). The role of Bax and caspase-3 in doppel-induced apoptosis of cerebellar granule cells. Prion, 6, 309 – 316.

Stöhr, J., Watts, J. C., Legname, G., Oehler, A., Lemus, A., Nguyen, H. O. B., Sussman, J, Wile, H., DeArmond, S. J., Prusiner, S. B., & Giles, K. (2011). Spontaneous generation of anchorless prions in transgenic mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences108, 21223 – 21228 

Benvegnù, S., Franciotta, D., Sussman, J., Bacchi, A., Zardini, E., Torreri, P., Govaerts, C., Pizzo, S., & Legname, G. (2009). Prion Protein paralog Doppel Protein interacts with α2-macroglobulin: a plausible mechanism for Doppel-mediated neurodegeneration. PloS One, 4, e5968. 

Shtivelman, E., Sussman, J., & Stokoe, D. (2002). A role for PI 3-kinase and PKB activity in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Current Biology, 12, 919 – 924.

Sussman, J., Stokoe, D., Ossina, N., & Shtivelman, E. (2001). Protein kinase B phosphorylates AHNAK and regulates its subcellular localization. Journal of Cell Biology, 154, 1019-1030.

Evaluations, technical reports, and research briefs (major contributions only)

McCarthy, E., Morgan, C. & Sussman, J. (2021). Growing strong learners in Galt Joint Union Elementary School District: Year 2 Evaluation. WestEd. 

WestEd & University of California – Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. (2020). High-quality preschool promotes learning and development for California’s children. Research brief prepared for the California Department of Education.

WestEd & University of California – Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. (2020). High-quality preschool reduces the readiness gap for California’s preschool dual language learners. Research brief prepared for the California Department of Education.

McCarthy, E., Morgan, C. & Sussman, J. (2020). Growing strong learners in Galt Joint Union Elementary School District. WestEd. https://www.wested.org/ resources/growing-strong-learners-in-galt-joint-union-elementary-school-district/

McCarthy, E., Morgan, C. & Sussman, J. (2020). Growing strong learners at Robla Preschool. WestEd.

DRDP Collaborative Research Group. (2018). Technical Report for the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015). Report prepared for the California Department of Education. Retrieved from https://www.desiredresults.us/sites/default/files/docs/ resources/research/DRDP2015_Technical%20Report_20180920_clean508.pdf

Sussman, J., Diakow, R., & Saxe, G. (2013). The efficacy of the Learning Mathematics through Representations (LMR) lesson sequence using California Standards Test (CST) as an outcome measure.  Unpublished technical report submitted to IES at close of research grant.

 

Book chapter

Eisen, A. R., Sussman, J., Schmidt, T., Mason, L., Hausler, L. A., & Hashim, R. (2011). Separation Anxiety Disorder. In D. McKay & E. A. Storch (Eds.), Handbook of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

 

Presentations

Sussman, J., Gochyyev, P., & Draney, K. (2021, April). Generating performance levels for a developmental assessment using construct mapping and Rasch methods. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (online).

Foster, M., Caemmerer, J., Hennesey, B., & Sussman, J. (2021, April). Development of scientific thinking: the role of parent practices, language, cognition, math, and reading skills. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (online).

Sussman, J. (2021, February).The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) large scale assessment: A case study.Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the International Objective Measurement Workshop (online).

Sussman, J. (2020, April). Modeling and characterizing the emergence of kindergarten readiness gaps: Early language and literacy development in dual language learners (DLLs) and their English monolingual (EM) peers. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA [Meeting Cancelled].

Sussman, J. (2020, April). Examining the Early Language and Literacy Trajectories of Dual Language Learners. In K. Draney (Chair), Communicating Psychometric Information to Diverse Audiences: From Early Childhood Teachers to Policymakers. Presentation accepted to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA [Meeting Cancelled].

Sussman, J., & Gochyyev, P. (2019, April). Multidimensional IRT analyses support formative, longitudinal assessment of early childhood development. In K. Draney (Chair), Supporting children’s early learning and kindergarten goals with a standards-aligned assessment: Effective practices in statewide aggregate reporting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Freund, R., Sussman, J., & Morrell, L. (2019, April). High quality individual and group reports for early childhood development. In K. Draney (Chair), Supporting children’s early learning and kindergarten goals with a standards-aligned assessment: Effective practices in statewide aggregate reporting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Saxe, G. B., & Sussman, J. (2019, March). Mathematics learning in language inclusive classrooms. Paper presented at the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education & Yandex Technology and Psychology for Mathematics Education Meeting, Moscow, Russia.

Sussman, J. (2018, April).Differential Item Functioning (DIF) for special education populations in the Desired Results Developmental Profile Assessment: The impact of DIF and what we can (and should) do about it. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the International Objective Measurement Workshop, New York, NY.

Duckor, B., Sussman, J., & Sellars, B. (2018, April). To validate or not to validate the internal structure of connectedness, empowerment, and meaning scales: The meaning and results of a multi-dimensional item response model study. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the International Objective Measurement Workshop, New York, NY.

Sussman, J., Freund, R, & Feuerstahler, L. (2018, April). High quality score reports from a multidimensional assessment of early childhood development. In R. Diakow (Chair), Communicating complex psychometric information to teachers, parents, and other less technical audiences. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, New York, NY.

Sussman, J., & Wilson, M. (2016, December). The prevalence of “off-label” assessment. Paper presented at the Institute of Education Sciences, Principal Investigators Meeting. Washington, DC.

Sussman, J., & Potter, A. (2016, October). Healthy family boundaries around young children’s use of electronic media: Research-based recommendations. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Meeting on Technology and Media in Children’s Development. Irvine, CA.

Sussman, J. (2015, April). Outcome assessment for evaluation of educational interventions: state assessments and the concept of alignment. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Sussman, J. (2015, April). Outcome measurement in educational evaluation: A simulation of assessment-intervention alignment. Poster presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Schwarz, C., Kirst, C., Berland, L., Toyama, Y., Sussman. J., Draney, K., Reiser, B., & Kenyon, L. (2015, April). Personally and scientifically meaningful engagement in the scientific practices. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Buchanan, N. L., & Sussman, J. (2014, May). Progressive coordinations: A learning progression for rational number based on students' partial understandings. Poster presented at the Jean Piaget Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Sussman, J. (2014, April). Evaluating educational interventions with state-administered proficiency assessments: validity issues. Poster presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Degree(s)

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2016

Contact Information

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