Sara E. Bolt, PhD, is Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Michigan State University. She has a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. While completing her graduate studies, she worked as a research assistant at the National Center on Educational Outcomes and as a school psychologist at Heartland Area Education Agency. Dr. Bolt currently conducts research on testing accommodations for students with disabilities as well as on educational assessment practices for special populations generally. nbsp; Andrew T. Roach, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. His research focuses on alternate assessments and the alignment between standards, assessments, and classroom instruction. Dr. Roach received the Early Career Publication Award from the Council for Exceptional Children--Division of Research. He has conducted alignment and related validity studies for alternate assessments in Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, and Wisconsin, and currently serves as coinvestigator on two federally funded investigations of the validity of alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards. Before completing his doctorate, Dr. Roach taught elementary and middle school for 9 years.
Sara Bolt, the newest member of the authoring team, is Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on examining assessment tools that can enhance instructional decision-making for students who are at risk for poor academic outcomes. Dr. Bolt also conducts research on accommodations for diverse learnersstudents with disabilities, English language learnersand more generally on methods for the effective inclusion of all students in large-scale assessment and accountability programs.