October 31, 2021

  Volume 2, Number 7

The Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of assessment and evaluation in PK-12 and higher education.


 2021 CREATE Virtual Conference

November 8, 2021 is our anticipated date to have the

2021 CREATE Virtual Conference Presentations available.

Details will be emailed and found at our website, createconference.org

Take part in our Annual Business Meeting!

November 11, 2021

8:00 pm Eastern Time

Google Meetmeet.google.com/uuo-afhr-xbs, (‪US‬)‪+1 617-675-4444‬, PIN: ‪334 600 306 4223#


Elections Update

After the CREATE Board of Directors vetted the nominations, we had equal open positions as vetted nominees. Hence, the nominees have been elected by acclamation because there were no opponents for the seats.  

Announcing the new CREATE Board of Directors:

Tanisha Garrett will be moving into the President-Elect role. 

The new Board of Director members for two-year terms, 2021-2023:

Justin Fischetti

Man-Wai Chu

Natalie Bolton

Robert Rodosky

Steve Ferrera

David Marshall is the new Board of Director member filling the last year of the 2020-2022 term.

Congratulations to the new CREATE Board of Directors who take office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting on November 11, 2021 beginning at 8:00pm. 

New to the CREATE Board of Directors

Tanisha Garrett, President-Elect

Tanisha Garrett is History Department Chair, a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, the co-founder and sponsor of the Black Student Union at Madison Park Academy in the Oakland Unified School District in California, where she teaches history to 10th and 11th graders. She is in the second year of her doctoral program in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Tanisha holds a bachelor's degree in History and a master's degree in Teaching from Bellarmine University with a Learning and Behavior Disorders certification.

David T. Marshall, 2021-2022

David T. Marshall is an assistant professor of educational research in the College of Education at Auburn University. Current research intersts include the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on K-12 education, charter schools and parental choice, and innovative approaches to teacher preparation. His forthcoming book, COVID-19 and the Classroom: How Schools Navigated the Great Disruption shares social science research on the pandemic's impact on education and serves as a history book documenting what schooling was like during this period. Dr. Marshall currently serves as the Chair of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. He previously taught middle and high school social studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Marshall received his Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 Justin Fischetti, 2021-2023

Justin Fischetti serves as Principal at Charles P. Murray Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Principal at John T. Hoggard High School, and a Social Studies teacher at New Hanover High School and Southern Lee High School. He is an alumnus of both the NC Teaching Fellows and NC Principal Fellows programs. He gained both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has presented at the CREATE conference, and is an advocate for the mission of CREATE.

Man-Wai Chu, 2021-2023

Man-Wai joined the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences program. Her research focuses on using innovative and interactive digital assessments, such as science laboratory environments and game-based assessments, to measure students’ performance-based skills in the classroom and on standardized tests. An extension of her research with these assessments has led her to studying students’ development of mental models and their associations with socio-emotional variables that enhance assessment performance. Man-Wai approaches her research using a variety of quantitative methods such as such as Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling, and Data Mining.


Natalie Bolton, 2021-2023

Natalie Bolton is an associate professor and Director of Quality Assurance within the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Natalie received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. She also has a M.A. in Secondary Education, emphasis in Social Studies Education, and a B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Sciences History major and Geography minor.

Natalie's research explores assessment, program evaluation, science of learning, education policy, student achievement, and social studies/civic education. She has a special interest in large-scale assessments, standards-based education reform, classroom-based formative assessment, standards-based grading practices, cognitive sciences, and program evaluation. Currently, Natalie is analyzing P-12 classroom assessment design, K-12 schools shifting to standards-based grading and reporting systems, teacher preparation and learning sciences, and conducting program evaluations with school and community partners.  Additionally, she is an international assessment and grading consultant independently and with the Assessment Training Institute.

Robert Rodosky, 2021-2023

Dr. Rodosky (Bob) earned his Ph.D at the Ohio State University in the area of Curriculum Foundations and Research. His career started  as a program evaluator for the Columbus, Ohio Public Schools. From there, he became the Assistant Director of the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and then in 1983, was named the Executive Director of the Accountability, Research and Planning Department for the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky. After 33 years with the district, he retired as Chief of Data Management, Planning and Program Evaluation.

Under Bob's leadership, the department he led provided valid, reliable and useful information in a timely manner to federal, state and local policy makers and school district stakeholders. Over the years, he has held adjunct professor appointments at Western Michigan University, the University of Louisville and Vanderbilt University. 


Steve Ferrara, 2021-2023

Steve Ferrara is Senior Advisor for Measurement Solutions at Cognia.

Steve conducts psychometric research and designs summative assessments for K-12 educational achievement, special education, and English language proficiency assessment programs. He conducts research on standard setting, item difficulty modeling, and examinee response processes; produces validity-argument technical reports; and advises state programs on meeting USDE peer review requirements.

He was Editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice and serves on journal editorial advisory boards and as an external reviewer for journals and conference proposals. He has produced more than 150 conference papers and publications and hundreds more professional presentations, seminars, and training sessions. Steve served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Measurement in Education (1995-1998).

Steve was co-recipient, AERA Cognition and Assessment Special Interest Group 2014 award for Outstanding Contribution to Practice in Cognition and Assessment; and co-recipient, AERA Division D 2006 award for Significant Contributions to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology. He is co-inventor of Item Difficulty Modeling Suite of Services, patent number 10,796,230, awarded October 6, 2020.


available with the

2021 CREATE Virtual Conference: 

2020 Annual Conference Proceedings of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE)


2022 CREATE Conference

scheduled for 

October 10 & 11, 2022

in Asheville, North Carolina

at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel

or, we may still be living within the COVID-19 pandemic



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