Faculty & Staff

Alexa W.C.Lee-Hassan

Graduate Student

Research and Teaching Interests

Assessment design and implementation


Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment

Entered Program

Fall 2017



  • M.A.T., University of Chicago, K-9 Education
  • B.A., University of Chicago, Psychology


Saint Louis, Missouri

Professional Goals

Well-made assessments have the potential to help teachers strengthen differentiation and improve their own practice and to help students take charge of their own learning. Unfortunately, when assessment data is misunderstood, misapplied, or poorly communicated teachers and students suffer. I want to help make educational research and student assessment data more accessible and useful for teachers, administrators, and students.

LSRI Projects

The iFAST Algebra Project, I currently work with Dr. Alison Castro Superfine, Dr. Mara Vanina Martinez, Dr. Jim Pellegrino, and Dr. Susan Goldman studying learning trajectories in middle school algebra and using them to support the development of formative assessments to inform teacher practice.

Hobbies & Interests

Nerdy sci-fi pop culture, especially around superheroes and comic books; boxing (with impact/partner work, but not competitive); and I'm really excited about the university's climbing wall

Why Learning Sciences?

I believe education is incredibly important both in and of itself and as a lever in the fight for social justice. At its best Learning Sciences blends the theoretical and the practical in the study of teaching and learning. Because it is interdisciplinary, Learning Scientists can benefit from methodology and insights from a wide variety of fields and implement the results in a practical and meaningful way.

Why LSRI at UIC?

There are many things that appealed to me about LSRI at UIC, including many of the specific professors, but what I value the most is the way that LSRI is a collaborative, supportive research community.