Yi Zheng

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

Yi Zheng studies theories and practices in educational and psychological testing. Examples of her research are developing tests/surveys/scales, developing psychometric procedures for testing program operations, and developing automated test assembly algorithms.

Professor Zheng is particularly specialized in computerized adaptive testing (CAT), which is a cutting-edge technology where computer algorithms are created to tailor a test in real time to each individual test-taker. Capitalizing on digital technology, CAT also provides great flexibility in test design and administration, ease in data management, and ever-emerging digital experiences for test takers.

Researchers who are interested in developing computer-based personalized assessments / measures are welcome to get in touch via email.

Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Measurement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2014
  • M.S. Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2010
  • B.S. Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

My research focuses on improving the methods and technology of test design, delivery, scoring, and analysis. My main research specialty is computerized adaptive testing (e.g., online calibration, item selection, exposure control, content balancing). My other interest areas include item response theory, multistage adaptive testing, automated test assembly, test equating, test security, and cognitive diagnosis. Currently I'm also involved in various data mining studies, including developing computerized adaptive tests based on machine learning frameworks. Researchers who are interested in developing computer-based personalized assessments / measures are welcome to get in touch via email!

Publications

See attached CV for updated publications.

Research Activity

  • Developing usable computerized adaptive tests with Concerto platform.
  • Innovating computerized adaptive testing with machine learning techniques.
  • Psychometric consultant on various research projects.
  • Developer and maintainer of R-package NPCD.
  • Data analyst on various collaborative projects.

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
STP 493 Honors Thesis
MAT 493 Honors Thesis
STP 593 Applied Project
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
MAT 492 Honors Directed Study
STP 492 Honors Directed Study
MAT 495 Undergraduate Research
STP 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 593 Applied Project
STP 599 Thesis
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
STP 493 Honors Thesis
MAT 493 Honors Thesis
EDP 552 Multi Regression/Correlatn Mth
STP 593 Applied Project
STP 792 Research
MTE 792 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
STP 492 Honors Directed Study
MAT 492 Honors Directed Study
MAT 495 Undergraduate Research
STP 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 593 Applied Project
STP 599 Thesis
DCI 691 Seminar
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
MAT 493 Honors Thesis
STP 493 Honors Thesis
COE 502 Introduction to Data Analysis
STP 593 Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
MAT 492 Honors Directed Study
MAT 495 Undergraduate Research
STP 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 593 Applied Project
STP 599 Thesis
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
MAT 493 Honors Thesis
MAT 495 Undergraduate Research
EDP 552 Multi Regression/Correlatn Mth
STP 593 Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
MAT 492 Honors Directed Study
TEL 494 Special Topics
STP 590 Reading and Conference
STP 593 Applied Project
DCI 691 Seminar
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
STP 590 Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
STP 429 Experimental Statistics
COE 502 Introduction to Data Analysis

Presentations

See attached CV for updated presentations and invited talks.

Honors/Awards

Nominated for Charles Wexler Teaching Award 
Arizona State University, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
2016

Nominated for Centennial Professorship Award 
Arizona State University Graduate & Professional Student Association
2015

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013

Hardie Dissertation Award (with stipend) 
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013

Tatsuoka Award (with stipend) 
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013

Jeffrey Tanaka Memorial Award (with stipend)  
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011, 2013

Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards (with stipend)
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013

William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship (with stipend)
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012

Beijing Normal University Honor of Outstanding Graduates
Beijing Normal University, China
2009

Special Honor Prize, National College Student English Competition
Ministry of Education, China
2008

National Specialty Scholarship (with stipend)
Ministry of Education, China
2008

Beijing Normal University Honor of Students
Beijing Normal University, China
2006, 2007 

Beijing Normal University Rank 1 Specialty Scholarship (with stipend)
Beijing Normal University, China
2006, 2007

Jiangsu Province Honor of Students
Jiangsu Department of Education, China
2005

First Prize, China National Biology Olympics for High School Students
Ministry of Education, China
2005

First Prize, China National Physics Olympics for Junior High Students
Ministry of Education, China
2002

Editorships

Associate Editor
Applied Psychological Measurement

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Barrett Honors Faculty; School of Mathematical and Statistical Science; Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Department of Psychology; School of Life Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Innovations