Jim Popham
Professor Emeritus


  • Assessment
  • Teacher evaluation

W. James Popham has spent the bulk of his educational career as a teacher. For nearly 30 years, he taught courses at UCLA in instructional methods for prospective teachers as well as courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students. At UCLA he won several distinguished teaching awards. In January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA’s top 20 professors of the 20th century. He is the author of 30 books, 200 journal articles, 50 research reports, and 175 papers presented before research societies. His most recent book is the seventh edition of “Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know.” In 1978 Popham was elected to the presidency of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a quarterly journal published by AERA. In 2002 the National Council on Measurement in Education presented him with its Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement. In 2009 he was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In 2014 he received an honorary doctorate of public service from his alma mater, the University of Portland.