The Center for Educational Accountability is a research center located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Founded in 1995 with a resolution from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and a generous donation from Charles Collatt through the Mayer Electric Foundation, the CEA has assembled a team of highly skilled core Ph.D. researchers supported by faculty research scientists with extensive and varied experience and knowledge to meet the needs of a vast array of client organizations.  

The CEA is housed in the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama's only university with a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/ Research University-Extensive classification. The CEA has access to all UAB resources, including campus libraries, software, computer services, data security services, and support services.  The CEA also has access to talented, internationally recognized faculty and senior leadership who actively support the growth and development of students, schools, and communities.

The work of the CEA involves the study and evaluation of reform initiatives in areas such as Pre-K-12 education, higher education, assessment, public health, and community revitalization.  The CEA uses a wide variety of approaches and research designs to fit the needs of clients and help projects assess and communicate their impact, efficacy, and effectiveness in the field.   Our services range from comprehensive large-scale program evaluation to one-time consultation and technical assistance.

The Center for Educational Accountability is located in the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Contact Information:
Phone: 205.975.5388
Fax: 205.975.8040
Email: lmoose@uab.edu
Mailing Address:
The Center for Educational Accountability
EB Suite 233
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1250
Physical Location:
The Center for Educational Accountability
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
EB Suite 233
901 13th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294

CEA Staff


Scott W. Snyder

Director, Center for Educational Accountability
Associate Professor, Department of Human Studies
University of Alabama at Birmingham
ssnyder@uab.edu
 Dr. Snyder serves as the Director of the CEA.  He is also an Associate Professor of Educational Measurement and Research in the UAB School of Education's Department of Human Studies.  He holds a secondary appointment in the School of Engineering and holds associate scientist positions on three UAB-wide research centers. Dr. Snyder has served on the editorial board for several nationally refereed journals in education and has served as a technical consultant on measurement and assessment issues for the Department of Education and the Division of Children’s Affairs for the State of Alabama. He has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on grants through the US Dept. of Education, NIH, Department of Defense and NSF. Dr. Snyder was appointed by the federal courts to serve on the three-member monitoring committee to oversee teacher-testing reform in Alabama. He has published and presented in a variety of areas including assessment, health interventions, educational interventions, program evaluation, accountability, statistical methods, and measurement theory.  Scott holds a B.S. from SUNY Potsdam and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from Purdue.

Rachel D. Cochran

Assistant Director, Center for Educational Accountability
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies
University of Alabama at Birmingham
danelle@uab.edu
Dr. Cochran serves as the CEA’s Assistant Director.  She also holds a faculty appointment in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies.  She has served as Co-PI for an NSF-funded Mathematics-Science Partnership grant and as an external evaluator for several multi-year, large-scale educational reform efforts.  Dr. Cochran has 20 years of experience in the field of social science research, measurement and assessment, and educational evaluation, working for such organizations as the University of Virginia National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, and Houghton-Mifflin’s Riverside Publishing.  Rachel holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia.  

Jason S. Fulmore

Research Methodologist and Evaluator, Center for Educational Accountability
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies
University of Alabama at Birmingham
jfulmore@uab.edu
Dr. Fulmore has been a Research Methodologist and Evaluator with the CEA since 2004.  He also holds a faculty appointment in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies.  He has served as a project or program evaluator on grants and contracts through the U.S. Dept. of Education, the National Science Foundation, the American Institutes for Research, the Centers for Disease Control, the Woodlawn Foundation, the Birmingham Education Foundation, and many others.  Dr. Fulmore was a Cancer Research Training Fellow through UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute.  He is also a past Leadership Associate for the American Association of Health Education. Prior to his work at the CEA, he spent 8 years as a public school teacher.  Jason holds a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida, an M.A.Ed from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D in Health Education/Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Marcia R. O’Neal

Research Methodologist and Evaluator, Center for Educational Accountability
Research Associate Professor, Department of Human Studies
University of Alabama at Birmingham
moneal@uab.edu
Dr. O’Neal has been a Research Methodologist and Evaluator with the CEA since 1999.  She also serves as an Associate Professor in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies.  Dr. O’Neal has served as evaluator on a number of projects funded in part by the U. S. Department of Education and administered by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) that focused on in-service professional development of STEM teachers.  She also served as an evaluator for multiple years of a USAID-funded project to develop and pilot textbooks and learning materials for schools in Ethiopia.  She has published or presented recently on such topics as evaluation results for teacher professional development in inquiry science, student engagement in online learning, enhancing access to online health information, and respite for caregivers.  Marcia holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology from UCLA and Special Education from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in in Special Education from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Alabama.

Lawrence H. Moose

Program Director, Center for Educational Accountability
Program Director, UABTeach
University of Alabama at Birmingham
lmoose@uab.edu
 Mr. Moose serves as the CEA's Program Director.  He is also the Program Director for UABTeach, a program designed to substantially increase the number of highly qualified teachers with STEM degrees.  Prior to joining the CEA, he managed the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center focused on cyber security and research.  He has also served as the project manager for the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, an NSF-funded initiative spanning nearly a decade and involving 11 local school districts.   Prior to his university work, he served as program director for the AmeriCorps Pinellas (National Service) program at St. Petersburg College, and program coordinator with the American Red Cross.  He also served in leadership positions on many disaster relief operations, including the relief effort after Hurricane Andrew.  Lawrence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from New College of Florida.

Scott W. Snyder

Director, Center for Educational Accountability

Associate Professor, Department of Human Studies

University of Alabama at Birmingham

ssnyder@uab.edu

Dr. Snyder serves as the Director of the CEA.  He is also an Associate Professor of Educational Measurement and Research in the UAB School of Education's Department of Human Studies.  He holds a secondary appointment in the School of Engineering and holds associate scientist positions on three UAB-wide research centers. Dr. Snyder has served on the editorial board for several nationally refereed journals in education and has served as a technical consultant on measurement and assessment issues for the Department of Education and the Division of Children’s Affairs for the State of Alabama. He has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on grants through the US Dept. of Education, NIH, Department of Defense and NSF. Dr. Snyder was appointed by the federal courts to serve on the three-member monitoring committee to oversee teacher-testing reform in Alabama. He has published and presented in a variety of areas including assessment, health interventions, educational interventions, program evaluation, accountability, statistical methods, and measurement theory.  Scott holds a B.S. from SUNY Potsdam and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from Purdue.

Rachel D. Cochran

Assistant Director, Center for Educational Accountability

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies

University of Alabama at Birmingham

danelle@uab.edu

Dr. Cochran serves as the CEA’s Assistant Director.  She also holds a faculty appointment in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies.  She has served as Co-PI for an NSF-funded Mathematics-Science Partnership grant and as an external evaluator for several multi-year, large-scale educational reform efforts.  Dr. Cochran has 20 years of experience in the field of social science research, measurement and assessment, and educational evaluation, working for such organizations as the University of Virginia National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, and Houghton-Mifflin’s Riverside Publishing.  Rachel holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia.  

Jason S. Fulmore

Research Methodologist and Evaluator, Center for Educational Accountability

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies

University of Alabama at Birmingham

jfulmore@uab.edu

Dr. Fulmore has been a Research Methodologist and Evaluator with the CEA since 2004.  He also holds a faculty appointment in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies.  He has served as a project or program evaluator on grants and contracts through the U.S. Dept. of Education, the National Science Foundation, the American Institutes for Research, the Centers for Disease Control, the Woodlawn Foundation, the Birmingham Education Foundation, and many others.  Dr. Fulmore was a Cancer Research Training Fellow through UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute.  He is also a past Leadership Associate for the American Association of Health Education. Prior to his work at the CEA, he spent 8 years as a public school teacher.  Jason holds a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida, an M.A.Ed from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D in Health Education/Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Marcia R. O’Neal

Research Methodologist and Evaluator, Center for Educational Accountability

Research Associate Professor, Department of Human Studies

University of Alabama at Birmingham

moneal@uab.edu

Dr. O’Neal has been a Research Methodologist and Evaluator with the CEA since 1999.  She also serves as an Associate Professor in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies. Dr. O’Neal has served as evaluator on a number of projects funded in part by the U. S. Department of Education and administered by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) that focused on in-service professional development of STEM teachers.  She also served as an evaluator for multiple years of a USAID-funded project to develop and pilot textbooks and learning materials for schools in Ethiopia. She has published or presented recently on such topics as evaluation results for teacher professional development in inquiry science, student engagement in online learning, enhancing access to online health information, and respite for caregivers.  Marcia holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology from UCLA and Special Education from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in in Special Education from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Alabama.

Lawrence H. Moose

Program Director, Center for Educational Accountability

Program Director, UABTeach

University of Alabama at Birmingham

lmoose@uab.edu

Mr. Moose serves as the CEA's Program Director.  He is also the Program Director for UABTeach, a program designed to substantially increase the number of highly qualified teachers with STEM degrees.  Prior to joining the CEA, he managed the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center focused on cyber security and research.  He has also served as the project manager for the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, an NSF-funded initiative spanning nearly a decade and involving 11 local school districts.   Prior to his university work, he served as program director for the AmeriCorps Pinellas (National Service) program at St. Petersburg College, and program coordinator with the American Red Cross.  He also served in leadership positions on many disaster relief operations, including the relief effort after Hurricane Andrew.  Lawrence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from New College of Florida.