David Garcia

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

David R. Garcia is an associate professor with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in the division of educational leadership and innovation. He is also the director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative (AEPI) at Arizona State University.

Prior to joining ASU, he was a senior research analyst with the Arizona Center for Public Policy-ThinkAZ (2002-2004), an associate superintendent of public instruction, Arizona Department of Education (2001-2002), a director of research and policy with Arizona Department of Education (1998-2001), a research analyst with the Senate Education Committee, Arizona State Legislature (1997-1998) and research associate wtih the National Opinion Research Chicago, Illinois in 1996. He was the 2008-2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The Spencer fellowships are the oldest source of support for education research, nationally or internationally, for recent recipients of the doctorate.

Education

  • Ph.D. Social Sciences (Educational Reesarch, Institution and Policy Studies), University of Chicago 2002. Dissertation: Academic Achievement and Segregation in Arizona Charter Schools.
  • M.A. Social Sciences (Educational Research, Institution and Policy Studies), University of Chicago 1997. Honors: Trustees Fellowship Recipient (1994-1997)
  • B.A. Communication (Intercultural and Organizational), Arizona State University 1993. Honors Thesis: The Romo Decision and Desegregation in Arizona.

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Garcia, David R., & Stigler, M. (2011). Closed: Competition, Segregation and the Black Student Experience in Charter Schools. In D.T. Slaughter-DeFoe, H.C. Stevenson, E.G. Arrington & D.J. Johnson (Eds.), Black Educational Choice in a Climate of School Reform: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K-12 Public Schools. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO.
  • Garcia, David R. (with Kate Mahoney, Jeff McSwann, & Thomas Haladyna) (2010). The achievement of Arizona’s English language learners under Proposition 203: Testing Canstañeda’s third requirement. In P. Gandara & M. Hopkins (Eds.). Forbidden Language: English Learners and restrictive language policies. New York: Teachers College Press. 
  • Garcia, David R. (2010). Charter schools challenge traditional notions of segregation. In C. Lubienski & P. Weitzel (Eds.), The charter school idea: Two decades of evidence and implications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Garcia, David R., & Hart-Tervalon, D. (in press). Systems change at the state level. In E. B. Kozleski & A. Smith (Eds.), The national institute for urban school inprovement legacy.

Publications

  • Garcia, David R. (with Kathryn Borman and Arnold Danzig) (2012). Education, democracy and the public good. Review of Research in Education, 36 (1).
  • Garcia, David R. (Fall 2011).The lingering influence of high-stakes testing policies on the postsecondary prospects of Latino students. eJournal of Education Policy.
  • Garcia, David R. (2011). The Achilles heel of market-oriented educational policies. Journal of School Choice, 5(1).
  • Garcia, David R. (2010). Spin cycle: How research is used in policy debates: The case of charter schools (Book Review), Journal of School Choice, 4(1),105-110.
  • Garcia, David R., Rebecca Barber & Alex Molnar (2009). Profiting from public education: Education management organizations (EMOs) and student achievement. Teachers College Record 11(5), 1352-1379.
  • Molnar, Alex, David R. Garcia, Faith Boninger, & Bruce Merrill (2008). Marketing of foods of minimal nutritional value to children in schools. Preventive Medicine 47, 504-507. 
  • Garcia, David R. (2008). The impact of school choice on racial segregation in charter schools. Educational Policy 22(6), 805-829.
  • Garcia, David R. (2008). Academic and racial segregation in charter schools: Do parents sort students into specialized charter schools? Education and Urban Society. 40(5), 590-612.
  • Garcia, David R. (2008). Mixed messages: American Indian Achievement before and since the implementation of No Child Left Behind.  Journal of American Indian Education, 47(1), 109-127.
  • Garcia, David R., Lee McIlroy & Rebecca Barber (2008). Starting behind: A comparative analysis of the academic standing of students entering charter schools.  Social Science Quarterly, 89(1). 199-216.
  • Molnar, Alex & David R. Garcia (2007). The expanding role of privatization in education: Implications for teacher preparation and development.  Teacher Education Quarterly, 34(2), 11-24
  • Alex Molnar, David Garcia. At last, we find out what parents want. Arizona Republic (2006).
  • Alex Molnar, David Garcia. 2006. The battle over commercialized schools. Educational Leadership, 63(7), 78-82.
  • Alex Molnar, David Garcia. The battle over commercialized schools. Our Schools/Our Selves: Special Commercialism Issue 15(4), 111-120.  (Reprinted from Educational Leadership, 63(7), 78-82, 2006)
  • David Garcia. The impact of charter school choice on racial segregation. (2006).
  • David Garcia, Lee McIlroy, Rebecca Barber. Starting behind: A comparative analysis of the academic study of students entering charter schools. (2006).
  • David Garcia, Alex Molnar, Bruce Merrill. Parent attitudes about education in Arizona: 2005. Arizona Education Policy Initiative. Tempe: Arizona State University (2005).
  • Edward Wiley, William Mathis, David Garcia. The impact of the adequate yearly progress requirement of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act on schools in the Great Lakes Region. Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice., East Lansing, MI: (2005).
  • . . The Condition of PreK-12 Education in Arizona, 2005 (2005).
  • David Garcia. Accountability in the emerging landscape. Pre-K - 12 Education: Choices for Arizona's future. Prescott: 84th Arizona Town Hall (2004).
  • David Garcia, Loui Olivas, Shon Zelman. Who is in this place called school?. Pre-K - 12 Education: Choices for Arizona's Future. Prescott: 84th Arizona Town Hall (2004).
  • . . Condition of Pre-K-12 Education in Arizona: 2004. Arizona Education Policy Initiative. Tempe, Arizona State University (2004).
  • Lewis Solomon, Kern Park, David Garcia. Does charter school attendance improve test scores?. The Arizona results. Phoenix, AZ: Goldwater Institute (2001).

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
EDA 792Research
EPA 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 555Translating Rsrch for Ed Chang
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
EDP 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDA 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 591Seminar
BUS 593Applied Project
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 555Translating Rsrch for Ed Chang
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
EDP 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDA 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 584Internship
EPA 691Seminar
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COE 502Introduction to Data Analysis
EPA 555Translating Rsrch for Ed Chang
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
EDP 792Research
EDA 792Research
DCI 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 691Seminar
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COE 502Introduction to Data Analysis
EPA 555Translating Rsrch for Ed Chang
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 691Seminar
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPF 301Culture and Schooling
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
EDA 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation

Presentations

  • Danzig, Arnold, Garcia, David, Macey, Donna, Szecsy, Elsie, Powers, Jeanne, Lafford, Barbara, Gonzalez, Josue, Petersen, Michelle, Jing, Wenlan. From Tourist to Learner: Language Study, International Travel and Cultural Encounters as a Lens for Educational Administration. Annual Conference of University Council for Educational Administration (Nov 2006).
  • Garcia, David. From tourist to learner: Language study, international travel and cultural encounters as a lens for educational administration. University Council for Educational Administrators Conference, San Antonio, TX (Nov 2006).
  • Garcia, David. Making sense of the data. Pathways to Success Working Conference, West ED, New York, NY (Sep 2006).
  • Garcia, David. Benchmark for success. The Pathways to Success Working Conference, West ED, New York, NY (Sep 2006).
  • Garcia, David. Snapshot of Arizona: Student performance and demographics. Meeting of the HELIOS Foundation Board, Phoenix, AZ (Sep 2006).
  • Garcia, David, Barber, Rebecca, McIlroy, Lee. A comparative analysis of the academic standing of students entering charter schools. Presented by Lee McIlroy at the meeting of the Arizona Charter Board of Education, Phoenix, AZ (Jul 2006).
  • Garcia, David, Marx, Ron. Arizona education in the middle years. Meeting of the HELIOS Foundation Board, Phoenix, AZ (May 2006).
  • Garcia, David. School choice and racial isolation: The impact of exiting a regular public school to attend a charter school. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), San Francisco. CA (Apr 2006).
  • Garcia, David. Proposed intergovernmental agreement with the Education Policy Studies Laboratory. The monthly meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, Phoenix, AZ (Aug 2005).
  • Garcia, David, McIlroy, Lee. An examination of mobility patterns in Arizona's public schools. Arizona Charter Schools Association Conference, Mesa, AZ (Jul 2005).
  • Garcia, David. Discussion with the Governor's Advisory Councils. Presented at the meeting of Governor Napolitano's Latino, African American and Asian American Advisory Councils, Phoenix, AZ (May 2005).
  • D'Agostino, Jerry, Garcia, David. Student progress on the first two AIMS Administrations: Class of 2006. Monthly meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, Phoenix (Apr 2005).
  • D'Agostino, Jerry, Garcia, David. Understanding student achievement on the 2004 AIMS high school tests. Monthly meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, Phoenix (Mar 2005).
  • Garcia, David. Identifying correlates to school dropout rates and identifying potential best practice schools. Annual conference of the National Dropout Prevention Network, Phoenix, AZ (Mar 2005).
  • Garcia, David. Charter schools and racial segregation. Minority Scholar Series, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Feb 2005).
  • Garcia, David. Report submitted to satisfy requirements of Chapter 304. Meeting of the First Regular Session of the Forty-seventh Legislature, Phoenix, AZ

Honors/Awards

  • Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, Fellow (Inaugural Class, 2011) 
  • Hispanic Leadership Award (2009), Selected by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of 40 Hispanic Leaders under 40.

Editorships

  • 2010-2014    Co-Editor, Review of Research in Education (RRE) Volume 36:Education, Citizenship and the Public Good, American Educational Research Association (AERA).
  • 2010-2014    Associate Editor, Education Policy Analysis Archives/Archivos An�liticos de Pol�ticas Educativas, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University.

Service

  • Center for the Future of Arizona, Dropout Definition Committee, Advisor (2003 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board, International Multicultural Research Journal, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University, Invited Member (2007 - 2009)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2007 Annual Conference, Reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • Arizona Postsecondary Education Commission, Research Committee, Appointed Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Board member, Governor's Appointee (2002 - 2005)
  • Arizona Center for Public Policy, Phoenix, Arizona, Senior Research Analyst (2002 - 2004)
  • United States Department of Education, Peer Evaluator (2003 - 2003)
  • Arizona Business and Education Coalition, Executive Committee, ADE Representative (2002 - 2002)
  • Arizona LEARNS, Arizona's statewide school accountability system, Designer (2002 - 2002)
  • No Child Left Behind Regional Conference, State Representative (2002 - 2002)
  • Arizona Department of Education, Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction (2001 - 2002)
  • Arizona education policies, Associate Superintendent (1998 - 2002)
  • Governor's Task Force on Efficiency and Accountability, Appointed Representative (2001 - 2001)
  • Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), Arizona LEARNS, Developer (2001 - 2001)
  • School Facilities Board, Research Advisor (2001 - 2001)
  • Research and Policy, Arizona Department of Education, Phoenix, Arizona, Director (1998 - 2001)
  • Arizona's system to collect dropout rate data, Designer (2000 - 2000)

Work History

Prior to joining ASU, David Garcia was a senior research analyst with the Arizona Center for Public Policy-ThinkAZ (2002-2004), an associate superintendent of public instruction, Arizona Department of Education (2001-2002), a director of research and policy with Arizona Department of Education (1998-2001), a research analyst with the Senate Education Committee, Arizona State Legislature (1997-1998) and research associate wtih the National Opinion Research Chicago, Illinois in 1996. He was the 2008-2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The Spencer fellowships are the oldest source of support for education research, nationally or internationally, for recent recipients of the doctorate.