Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo


Professional Title: 
Associate Professor
About Me (Bio): 
Maria Ruiz-Primo, Associate Professor at the School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver. Her work focuses on two strands: assessment of students learning at both large-scale and classroom level, and the study of teachers' assessment practices. Her publications reflect these two strands: developing and evaluating different strategies to assess students' learning such as concept maps and students' science notebooks, and studying teachers informal and formal formative assessment practices such as the use of assessment conversations and embedded assessments. Her recent work focuses on the development and evaluation of assessments that are instructionally sensitive and assessment instruments of formative assessment practices in the classroom.
University of Colorado Denver

This is an exploratory study to identify critical aspects of effective science formative assessment (FA) practices for English Language Learners (ELLs), and the contextual factors influencing such practices. FA, in the context of the study, is viewed as a process contributing to the science learning of ELLs, as opposed to the administration of discrete sets of instruments to collect data from students. The study targets Spanish-speaking, elementary and middle school students.

University of Colorado Denver, University of Washington (UW), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

This project will define and synthesize effective feedback strategies that can be linked to specific features of daily classroom assessment practices. It will develop a framework, including a conceptual strand (will conceptualize feedback practice considering intrinsic and contextual dimensions) and a methodological strand (used to describe and evaluate the feedback studies and findings to be synthesized). The framework will provide a shared language within and across multiple forms of research in various disciplines.