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Steve Elliott

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701

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Research Interests: 

My research focuses on scale development and educational assessment practices. In particular, I have published articles on (a) the assessment of children's social skills and academic competence, (b) the use of testing accommodations and alternate assessment methods for evaluating the academic performance of students with disabilities for educational accountability, and (c) students’ opportunities to learn the intended curriculum. In the process of conducting my research, I have developed a number of measurement tools that are now used in schools and clinics across the country. Specifically, with colleagues I have authored the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), the Socials Skills Improvement System (SSiS), and My Instructional Learning Opportunity Guidance System (MyiLOGS). Along with Vanderbilt colleagues, I also designed and validated the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED) to evaluate the performance of principals and their influence on students’ achievement.


  • Elliott, S.N. Measuring opportunity to learn and achievement growth: Key research issues with implications for the effective education of all students. Remedial and Special Education (2015).
  • Elliott, S.N., Frey, J.R., & Davies, M. Systems for assessing and improving students’ social skills to achieve academic competence. Handbook of Social & Emotional Learning (2015).
  • Elliott, S.N., & Bartlett, B.J. Accounting for Instructional Time, Content, & Quality: The Role of Opportunity to Learn in Effective Teaching. Learning Sciences Institute Australia online (2014).
  • Kettler, R.J., Elliott, S.N., Bolt, D.M., DiPerna, J.C., Gibson, D., & Resurreccion, L. Student and teacher ratings of academic competence: An examination of cross-informant agreement. Journal of Applied School Psychology (2014).
  • Kurz, A., Elliott, S.N., Kettler, R.J., & Yel, N. Assessing students’ opportunity to learn the intended curriculum using an online teacher log: Initial validity evidence. Educational Assessment (2014).
  • Kurz, A., Elliott, S.N., Lemons, C.J., Zigmond, N., & Kloo, A. (2014). Opportunity to Learn: A differentiated opportunity structure for students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Assessment for Effective Intervention (2014).
  • Rodriguez, M.C., Kettler, R.J., & Elliott, S.N. Distractor functioning in modified items for test accessibility. SAGE Open (2014).
  • Stevens, J., Schulte, A., Elliott, S.N., Nese, J.F., & Tindal, G. Mathematics achievement growth of students with and without disabilities on a statewide achievement test. Journal of School Psychology (2014).
  • Elliott, S.N., & Clifford, M. Principal assessment: Leadership behaviors known to influence schools and the learning of all students. Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (2014).
  • Frey, J.R., Elliott, S.N., & Miller, C. Best practices in social skills training. Best practices in school psychology VI (2014).
  • Roach, A.T., Lawton, K., & Elliott, S.N. Best practices in facilitating and evaluating intervention integrity. Best Practices in School Psychology VI (2014).
  • Elliott, S.N., & Gresham, F.M. Social Skills Improvement System. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2013).
  • Beddow, P.A., Elliott, S.N., & Kettler, R.J. Test Accessibility: Item Reviews and Lessons Learned from Four State Assessments. Education Research International (2013).
  • Cravens, X. C., Goldring, E., Porter, A., Polikoff, M. S., Murphy, J., & Elliott, S. Setting proficiency standards for school leadership assessment: An examination of cut-score decision making. Educational Administration Quarterly (2013).
  • Elliott, S.N., Roach, R.T., & Kurz, A. Evaluating and advancing the effective teaching of special educators with a dynamic instructional practices portfolio. Assessment for Effective Intervention (2013).
  • Frey, J., Elliott, S.N., & Kaiser, A. Social skills intervention planning for preschoolers: Using rating scales to identify target behaviors valued by parents and teachers. Assessment for Effective Intervention (2013).
  • Kettler, R.J., Elliott, S.N., Kurz, A., Zigmond, N., Lemons, C.J., Kloo, A., Shargo, J., Beddow, P.A., Williams, L., Bruen C., Lupp, L., & Mosiman, M. Predicting End-of-Year Achievement Test Performance: A Comparison of Assessment Methods. Assessment for Effective Intervention (2013).
  • Elliott, S.N., & Kurz, A. MyiLOGS Guidebook (V 3.0). (2013).
  • Elliott, S.N., Kettler, R.J., Zigmond, N., & Kurz, A. (2013). Modified alternate assessment participant screening consortium: Lessons learned. Lessons Learned in Federally Funded Projects That Can Improve the Instruction and Assessment of Low Performing Students with Disabilities (2013).
  • Elliott, S.N., Rodriquez, M.C., Roach, A.T., Beddow, P.A., Kettler, R.J., & Kurz, A. Consortium for modified alternate assessment development and implementation: Lessons learned. Lessons Learned in Federally Funded Projects That Can Improve the Instruction and Assessment of Low Performing Students with Disabilities (2013).
  • Gresham, F.M., & Elliott, S.N. Social skills assessment and training in EBD: Evidence-based practices. Evidence-based practices for addressing school-related behavior problems and disorders (2013).
  • McKevitt, B.C., Elliott, S.N., & Kettler, R.J. (2013). Testing accommodations for children with disabilities. Oxford Handbook of Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents (2013).
  • Cravens, X., Goldring, E., Porter, A., Murphy, J., & Elliott, S.N. Instructional leadership and emotional intelligence: The convergent and divergent validity of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED). American Educational Research Association (2013).
  • Davies, M., Elliott, S.N., & Cumming, J. Development and use of a learning and assessment adjustments checklist to inform instructional and assessment differentiation for students with additional needs. Australian Association of Special Education (2013).
  • Elliott, S.N., Kurz, A., & Davies, M. Research on opportunity to learn: A key access and validity issue when testing students with disabilities. Australian Association of Special Education (2013).
  • Nese, J. F.T., Tindal, G., Stevens, J.J., Schulte, A., & Elliott, S.N. Opening the black box of data cleaning for state data. American Psychological Association (2013).
  • Davis, M., Cooper, G., Kettler, R., & Elliott, S.N. Developing social skills to improve academics and classroom inclusion within the context of the Australian Curriculum. Australian Association of Special Education (0).
Research Activity: 
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CDE 337Early Childhood Intervention
Spring 2021
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CDE 337Early Childhood Intervention
FAS 361Research Methods
SOC 391Research Methods
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CDE 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CDE 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CDE 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 598Special Topics
  • Elliott, S.N. Learning sciences in Australia: Context and engagement for success. Joint meeting of the Australian Association of Research in Education and New Zealand Association for (Dec 2014).
  • Elliott, S. N. Advances in class-wide social skills interventions in schools in Australia and the United States. School Mental Health Research Summit, Pittsburgh, PA (Sep 2014).
  • Elliott, S.N. Measuring opportunity to learn and advancing instructional practices of special educators. National Webinar for United States Department of Education & State Directors of Special Education (May 2014).
  • Elliott, S.N., Kurz, A.K., Tindal, G., & Yel, N. (2014, April). Predicting end of year mathematical achievement with opportunity to learn and CBM measures: Year 1 report. National Council on Measurement in Education (Apr 2014).
  • Tindal, G., Schulte, A., & Elliott, S.N. Critical issues in studying growth on state tests for students with disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children (Apr 2014).
  • Elliott, S.N.,. Advancing Next Gen Learning: Building the Needed Interdisciplinary Partnerships. Provost's Excellent Program, North Carolina State University (Nov 2013).
  • Elliott, S.N. Advancing educational research innovations and impact: Partnerships and opportunities. Invited Presentation to University Leadership; Australian Catholic University system (Oct 2013).
  • Elliott, S.N. Measuring opportunity to learn to improve instruction for students with disabilities. USDE Institute of Education Sciences (Aug 2013).
  • Elliott, S.N. Developing research programs that last. SSSP School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (Jul 2013).
  • Elliott, S.N. Opportunity to learn: The key access and validity issue for all academic assessments. USDE Office of Special Education Programs (Feb 2013).
  • Journal of School Psychology, Science Advisor to Editor (2014 - 2018)
  • NCES National Assessment of Educational Progress' Survey Assessment Innovation Lab, Executive Committee Member (2013 - 2018)
  • Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Science Advisor to Director (2014 - 2017)
  • Center for Children, Youth, Families & Schools, Univ. Nebraska-Lincoln, Advisory Board Member (2014 - 2016)
  • Journal of Educational Effectiveness Research, Editorial Advisory Board (2014 - 2016)
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, Editorial Advisory Board (2014 - 2016)
  • Psychological Assessment, Ad hoc reviewer (2014 - 2016)
  • ETS (Educational Testing Service), External Reviewer (2014 - 2015)
  • Council for Chief State School Officers Committee on Students with Disabilities & Assessment, Member (2013 - 2015)
  • School Mental Health Journal, Editorial Advisory Board (2012 - 2015)
  • Educational Testing Service, Visiting Research Panel - advisory (2009 - 2015)
  • Journal of Canadian School Psychology, Editorial Advisory Board (2005 - 2015)
  • OKED Limited Submissions Standing Review Panel, Reviewer (2014 - 2015)
  • Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - 2015)
  • New American Foundation (Washington, DC), Interviewee & Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Tenure & Promotion Reviewer (External to ASU), Review Tenure & Promotion file for faculty (2014 - 2014)
  • Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Editorial Advisory Board (2013 - 2014)
  • Council for Chief State School Officers Committee on Students with Disabilities & Assessment, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • School Psychology Review, Scientific Advisory Board (2012 - 2014)
  • School Mental Health journal, Editorial Advisory Board (2009 - 2014)
  • School Psychology Review, Scientific Advisory Board (2009 - 2014)
  • Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics Personnel Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • Provost's Technology Advisory and Online Learning Committee, Member (2011 - 2013)
  • Psychological Assessment, Editorial Advisory Board (2011 - 2013)
  • Learning Sciences Institute, Director (2010 - 2013)
  • Society for the Study of School Psychology, Director for Research and Scientific Practice (2009 - 2013)