David Stevens

PhD. Social Research Methodologies, (Expected graduation 2025)

       University of California, Berkeley

M.A. Transitional Special Education, 1992-1994
        George Washington University
Teaching Credential, Biology and Broad-field Science, 1990-1992
        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. Biology, 1985-1989
        Marquette University

Berkeley Unified School District
       Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment: 2010-2020
       Berkeley High School Professional Development Co-coordinator: 2009-2014
       Berkeley High School Special Education Department: Co-lead teacher: 2006-2010 
       Special Education Teacher: Taught classes in Science, Math, Transition: 1995-2012
 Berkeley City College
       Counseling 24: College and Career Planning​: 2005-2006
 Prince Georges County School District,  Maryland
       Teacher Potomac High School, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Biology, Math: 1992-1995
 Peace Corps Volunteer, Naval, Leyte, Philippines: 1989-1990


  • The Academic Support Index: A tool for contextualizing student data, Chapter: Cambridge Handbook of Applied School Psychology, In Press
  • A Potential Avenue for Academic Success: Hope Predicts an Achievement-Oriented Psychosocial Profile in African American Adolescents, D. Dixon, D. Stevens, Journal of Black Psychology

Papers and Presentations:
America Educational Research Association Annual Meetings

  • Division D Paper: Examining Intra-group Differences using the Academic Support Index, 2021 (Pending acceptance)
  • Division D Paper: Evidence for the Validity and Reliability of Performance Clusters Within the Academic Support Index, 2020
  • Division H Paper: Maximizing Assessment Performance of At-Risk Students Using the Academic Support Index to Engineer a Low Stress Testing Environment, 2019 
  • Division H Demonstration Session: Building Your Own Academic Support Index for Research, Evaluation, and Intervention Design, 2018
  • Division H Paper:  Revisiting the Academic Support Index: A Validation Study Using Data from Three School Districts, 2018
  • Division D Paper: Using the STARS Protocol for Identifying Students At-Risk During the Transition to High School, 2017
  • Regional Distinguished Paper Session: Building and Utilizing an Academic Support Index to Identify and Support Students At-Risk for Academic Underachievement, 2015

​International Objective Measurement Workshop

  • ​Paper: Measuring Academic Self-Advocacy Skills Using Item Response Theory and the Four Building Blocks Model, 2020

California Educational Research Association Annual Meetings

  • Paper: Interrupting the Impact of Stereotype Threat in Testing Environments Using the Academic Support Index to Create Academically Homogeneous Testing Groups, 2018
  • Paper: A Comparison of the Local Control Funding Formula and the Academic Support Index in Predicting Academically Underperforming Students, 2016
  • Paper: Identifying Students for Transition Support, 2015
  • Poster: Boosting Test Performance for At-Risk Students, 2015
  • Paper: Building and Utilizing an Academic Support Index to Identify and Support Students At-Risk for Academic Underachievement, 2014

California Academic Academy

  • Presentation: An Introduction to the Academic Support Index for California Community Colleges, 2016

Illuminate Education Equity Conferences

  • Focusing on Equity Using the Lens of the Academic Support Index
    • ​San Bernardino, CA, 2017
    • San Pablo, CA 2018
    • Bell, CA 2018

Illuminate Education Users Conferences

  • Various presentations for district and school leaders on how to calculate and use the Academic Support Index to support students and interpret educational data, 2013-2019


  • Have You Heard? Podcast, Graduate Student Research Competition, 2020
  • AERA Division H (Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools) Outstanding Publication Award: Advances in Methodology, 2019
  • California Educational Research Association Outstanding Paper Award, 2014
  • National Board Certification: Early Childhood Through Young Adults Exceptional Needs Specialist: Mild to Moderate, 2000 & 2010
  • Berkeley Public Schools Fund Outstanding Educator, 2003
  • Developed a program with Berkeley City College to facilitate successful transition to post-secondary college and career for students with disabilities, English Learners, and other at-risk populations. Each year this class enrolls between 60 and 80 high risk students in their first college class during the second semester of their senior year. 2003- Present.
  • Northern Life’s Unsung Hero’s Award, 1997
  • Founded and coordinated the Outsiders Club-A program for students that included after school recreation, outdoor education, job training, and transition support from high school to post-secondary education. 1996-2008
  • Wrote curriculum for the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Minority Student Achievement summer program, 1994
  • Peace Corps Fellowship- The George Washington University, 1992-1994

David Stevens