Jeff has been with the Georgia Center for Assessment since March 2014. After graduating with a B.S. in Public and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University, he majored in Education at West Georgia College, where he earned a Master of Education degree. Upon earning a M.Ed., Dr. Barker continued his studies at Georgia State University and obtained an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Barker received a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a dual emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. His research interests are in the areas of assessment, specifically formative assessment and its impact on instruction, learning, and achievement. Jeff’s research has focused on utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to investigate the process involved in the development of classroom formative assessments. Jeff is interested in understanding how the results from those assessments are transferred to effective instructional practices and professional development. His research has also included students with learning disabilities and English Language learners.
Jeff taught for over twelve years in both elementary and middle school and served as a school administrator in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Before joining the Georgia Center for Assessment, he had been the Director of Assessment at the Georgia Department of Education and Executive Director of Accountability and Assessment in Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Dr. Barker has contributed to research on 21st-century learning, specifically in the field of artificial intelligence and the development of gaming/simulation models in K-12 assessment. He has collaborated in the field with such organizations as the Institute of Play, GLASS Labs, and Pearson’s Center for Next Generation Learning and Assessment to advance next generation assessment in Georgia schools. Dr. Barker has served on Georgia committees for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as well as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).