2005 Millman Scholar, Dr. W. James Popham
Dr. W. James Popham, Emeritus Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), is a noted expert on educational assessment. He has numerous textbooks, videos, and journal articles on topics including statistics, evaluation, testing and test development, consequential validity, interpretation of test results, and classroom assessment. His most recent books include America's "Failing" Schools: How Parents and Teachers Can Cope with No Child Left Behind (2004); Test Better, Teach Better: The Instructional Role of Assessment (2003); andClassroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 3rd ed. (2002).
Dr. Popham has served as a consultant to innumerable school districts and states and as an expert witness in several court cases. He began his career in education teaching high school English and social studies, sponsoring student clubs, and coaching tennis in Oregon. Following appointments at Kansas State College and San Francisco State College, Dr. Popham served as a faculty member at UCLA for nearly 30 years, teaching courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers and courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students.
Dr. Popham was also instrumental in creating the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) center at UCLA. In January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA's top 20 professors of the 20th century. Dr. Popham earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in education from the University of Portland, and he holds a doctorate from Indiana University.