Deni Basaraba

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Education Policy and Leadership, Educational Leadership
Phone: 541-346-3530
Office: 1600 Millrace Dr Ste 206


Dr. Deni Basaraba is currently an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership department and the data analyst for the Bethel School District. Her experience as an adjunct professor has included teaching the following courses: Professional Writing, Advanced Research Writing, Human Subjects Protection, and Evidence-Based Decision Making. As data analyst for the Bethel School District she is responsible for management and analysis of all student data, survey and observation tool development, grant writing, and research. Dr. Basaraba also has research appointments with the Behavioral Research & Teaching and Center on Teaching & Learning units within the College of Education at the University of Oregon

Prior to her position in the Bethel School District, Dr. Basaraba was an assessment coordinator and project manager for the Research in Mathematics Education unit at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX. In this role, she oversaw and lead the development of multiple mathematics universal screening and diagnostic assessments for Grades PreKindergarten-8 and conducted analyses using data generated from these assessments. Before working for SMU, Dr. Basaraba was a research assistant with the Center on Teaching & Learning where she worked on multiple federally-funded intervention development grants, one large-scale technical assistance grant, and developed professional development materials.


Ph.D. (2011): University of Oregon, Eugene OR

Major: Educational Leadership (with focus on measurement development and methodology)

M.A. (2007): University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Major: Special Education

B.A. (2003): University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Majors: Spanish & English

Honors and Awards

2013 AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education (CSCE) Early Career Scholar

2010 Article of the Year: They read, but how well do they understand? An empirical look at the nuances of reading comprehension. Assessment for Effective Intervention


Baker, D. L., Basaraba, D. L., & Richards-Tutor, C. (2018). Second language acquisition: Methods, perspectives, & challenges. Happague, NY: Nova Science.

Pastor, A., Román, D., del Rosal, K., & Basaraba, D. (in press). Are bilingual teachers agents of internal linguistic discrimination? Bilingual teachers’ ideologies toward their students’ Spanish. Bilingual Research Journal.

Shivraj, P., Ketterlin-Geller, L., Basaraba, D., Geller, J., & Hatfield. C. (in press). Developing and refining usable, accessible, and culturally relevant materials to maximize parent-child interactions in mathematics. Global Education Review, 50(3), 82-105.

Ketterlin-Geller, L., Shivraj, P., Basaraba, D., & Yovanoff, P. (accepted). Using mathematical learning progressions to design diagnostic assessments.Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives.

del Rosal, K., Román, D., & Basaraba, D. (2018). Debemos escuchar a los maestros: Perspectives of bilingual teacher candidates in teacher education partnerships.Bilingual Research Journal: The Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education. DOI 10.1080/15235882.2018.1456986. 

Ketterlin-Geller, L., Shivraj, P., Basaraba, D., & Schielack, J. (2018). Universal screening for algebra readiness in middle school: Why, what, and does it work? Investigations in Mathematics Learning. DOI 10.1080/19477503.2017.1401033

Chaparro, E. A., Stoolmiller, M., Park, Y., Baker, S. K, Basaraba, D., Fien, H., & Smith, J. M. (2018). Evaluating passage and order effects of oral reading fluency passages in second grade: A partial replication. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 44, 3-16DOI 10.1177/1534508417741128


My educational and research experience thus far has been in the following areas: instructional and assessment supports for English Learners, assessment and survey development and validation, literacy and mathematics intervention development, instructional and curricular design, and using various sources of student performance data to make informed instructional decisions at multiple levels of the school system (e.g., individual students, groups of students, classrooms, grades, schools). I am particularly interested in investigating factors that may influence the performance of English Learners, including bilingual programs, the role of language proficiency in disciplinary learning, and assessment and curricular supports.