Annual Conference

Annual Conference

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CERA connects individuals across the state and nation through its annual conference in order to improve education. The 2015 CERA annual conference will be held in Anaheim, California from December 2nd-4th at the Disneyland Hotel.

Educational researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. If the proposal is accepted, the lead author must join CERA, all presenters must pay the conference fees, and present at the conference.

Proposals for the upcoming 2015 meeting will be accepted for consideration beginning early May.  The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two board members, who represent scholars or practitioners in the field of education.

Session Formats


Description: Mini-course proposals may cover any educational topic, but are best suited for hands on training in specific skills related to education, emphasize specialized areas like evaluation, address professional development issues like scoring performance tasks, focus on research for the improvement of practice like best practices in classroom observations, or examine recent developments in education research. Mini course sessions occur during the pre-conference time slot on Wednesday, December 2nd.

Evaluation Criteria: Mini-course proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/ problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) relevance to the CERA audience, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.


Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews) should be submitted under another format. If accepted, CERA schedules paper presentation into a 30-60-90 minute format.

Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and (g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications in light of findings and previous research.


Description: Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session. If accepted, CERA schedules poster presentation during one of the 90-minute conference breakout session

Evaluation Criteria: Poster session proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

Past Keynotes and Conference Program Materials


December 3-5, 2014
Paradise Point Hotel, San Diego, CA

93rd Annual Conference
Building California’s Future:  Strategies for Achieving Coherence Among Standards, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:
Rebecca Mieliwocki
Rich Mayer
Stewart Donaldson



December 5-6, 2013
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA

92nd Annual Conference
Implementing the Common Core: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovation!

Keynote Speakers:
Stanley Rabinowitz, Director of the Assessment & Standards Development Services program at WestEd

Dr. Joseph Johnson, Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) and the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego State University (SDSU)

Margaret Heritage, Assistant Director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA

Deborah (Deb) Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of the District, School & Innovation Branch for the California Department of Education (CDE)

Conference Program




November 29-30, 2012
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey, CA

91st Annual Conference
Innovation and Expectation: New Standards, Technologies, and Approaches That Propel Learning

Conference Program


Keynote Speakers:
Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction: Imagine …
Stanley Rabinowitz, WestEd: Assessment and Instructional Implications of the Common Core State Standards (Resources and events from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are available from this link)
Kathleen Scalise, Associate Professor, University of Oregon: Innovative Item Types: Why Educators Care About the Future of Technology Enhanced Assessments
Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Stecher, RAND: Be True to Your School




December 1 – 2, 2011
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim CA

90th Annual Conference
Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice: Opportunities and Obstacles

Conference Program


Keynote Speakers:

Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction: Past, Present, and Future: Common Core State Standards, Assessments and ESEA Reauthorization



Ed Haertel, School of Education, Stanford University: Problems with the Use of Students Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers



David T. Conley, PhD, Professor, University of Oregon; CEO, EPIC: What Is College and Career Readiness?




Outstanding Paper: The Impact of Kindergarten
Entrance Age on Academic Achievement: A Longitudinal Study
, Sara Najarro, Principal
Stanton Elementary School, Glendora Unified School District


Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor, Stanford University



Additional Conference presentations and materials

Proposal Abstracts

Special thanks to our Sponsors!



Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, California
November 18-19, 2010

Deb Sigman
Laura Goe
Rick Miller


Outstanding Paper
“Factors Associated with Academic Achievement ofAcademically Talented Students: A Comparison of Four Ethnic Groups”
by: Hae Seong Park, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Doctoral Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University

2010 Lifetime Achievement Winner, Pat McCabe, retired, California Department of Education


Sir Frances Drake Hotel
San Francisco, California
November 18-19, 2009

Conference Program

Presentation Abstracts

Conference Evaluation Summary and Comments

Keynote Speakers:
James Popham presents Assessment Literacy: A Bona Fide Magic Bullet for Education
Dylan Wiliam presents Why Is Improving Schools So Hard?

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Wendy Yen, Educational Testing Service, presents Observations from a Lifetime in Accountability

Outstanding Paper:
The Effectiveness of a Standards-Based Integrated Chemistry and Mathematics Curriculum on Improving the Academic Achievement in Chemistry for High School Students in Southern California” by Blessing Tendai Mupanduki

Special thanks to our 2009 conference sponsors!




Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, California
December 4 – 5, 2008

Conference Program

Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Speakers:
David Berliner Photo David Berliner presents The Conflict Between NCLB and Best Practices of Educators and Best Practices for Our Nation

Russell Rumberger Photo Russell Rumberger presents Resources, Policies, and Practices Needed to Improve Educational Outcomes for English Learners

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jamal Abedi Photo Jamal Abedi, University of California, Davis

Outstanding Paper:
An Outstanding Paper was not awarded for 2008.

Special thanks to our 2008 conference sponsors!


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Dana Point, California
November 29-30, 2007

A word from the CERA 2007 President

Conference Program


Ellen Forte Presented Keynote Address on: “Assessment and Accountability, Post-NCLB: the Next Generation”



Susanna Loeb Presented Keynote on: “Getting Down to Facts”



2007 CERA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: The California Educational Research Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2007 CERA Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is presented annually in recognition of an individual who has made innovative and lasting contributions to the field of educational research in California during a career spanning at least 20 years.


Edward H. Haertel is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Stanford University



Outstanding Paper:
Effects of Principal’s Pay and Pay Satisfaction for Student Achievement at the Elementary School Level

The CERA Executive Board wishes to thank our corporate sponsors for their support and dedication to this conference. With the help of these friends of education, the CERA 2007 Conference is bound for success! Thank you!


EDS KDS RS Harcourt Assessment


Equity in Schools
Monterey, CA

Featured Speakers

Outstanding Paper:
“Color of Money Compared to Color of Principals: An Assessment of Pay for Male Elementary School Principals Varying in Surname (Hispanic vs. Non-Hispanic)”
By I. Phillip Young
University of California, Davis

Harcourt AssessmentETSCTB McGraw-Hill
Special thanks to our 2006 conference sponsors!


CERA thanks everyone for attending The 84th Annual CERA Conference
High School and Beyond
Long Beach, CA

2005 CERA Conference Program
2005 CERA Conference Poster

Outstanding Paper:
A Collective Inquiry Response to High-Stakes Accountability
By Nazanin Zargarpour
Claremont Graduate University

Special thanks to our 2005 conference sponsors!

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