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Assistant Researcher Professor, Arizona State
Dr. Kurz, a native of Germany, received his Ph.D. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University in 2011. He has studied in Germany and the United States, earning degrees in Special Education and Philosophy. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Special Education teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and psychometric research analyst for Discovery Education Assessment. His graduate work focused on behavior disorders, applied behavior analysis, educational measurement, and the inclusion of students with disabilities in test-based accountability. Dr. Kurz has published over a dozen articles and chapters on opportunity-to-learn (OTL), alignment, test accessibility, and testing accommodations. He has co-edited the Handbook of Accessible Achievement Tests, and his work has appeared in books such as the Handbook of Educational Psychology and journals such as Exceptional Children, Applied Measurement in Education, and the Journal of Special Education. His dissertation led to the development of the Instructional Learning Opportunities Guidance System (iLOGS), a use-inspired OTL measurement tool. In 2011, he was awarded the Bonsal Applied Education Research Award for the large-scale relevance of his educational innovation.
Dr. Kurz joined ASU in 2011 as Assistant Research Professor for the Learning Sciences Institute and Affiliated Adjunct Faculty for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He is currently conducting research on OTL for the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Education (NCAASE) and the Arizona Department of Education.