Alison Bailey
Moore Hall 3302B
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Alison Bailey



  • Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University, 1995
  • Ed.M. in Acquisition of Language and Culture, Harvard University, 1991

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Children’s first and second language acquisition
  • Early literacy development
  • Academic language pedagogy
  • Language and cognitive development
  • Bilingualism
  • Atypical language development
  • Narrative analysis

Dr. Bailey is also a Faculty  Research Partner and former Project Director for Assessing English Language Proficiency at the Center for The Study of Evaluation & National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

See the Dynamic Language Learning Progressions website and the Professional Learning Community Dual-Language On-Line Forum for more details on this work.

Select Publications

  1. Bailey, A.L. & Osipova, A.V. (2016). Children’s Multilingual Development and Education: Fostering Linguistic Resources in Home and School Contexts. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Huang, B. & Bailey, A.L. (2016). Predictors of First Generation Former Child Immigrants’ English Language and Literacy. Teachers College Record, 118(11), 1-42.
  3. Bailey, A.L. Blackstock-Bernstein, A. Ryan, E. & Pitsoulakis, D. (2016). Data Mining with Natural Language Processing and Corpus Linguistics: Unlocking Access to School-children’s Language in Diverse Contexts to Improve Instructional and Assessment Practices. In S. El Atia, O. Zaiane & D. Ipperciel.  Data Mining and Learning Analytics in Educational Research. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. Carroll, P. & Bailey, A.L.  (2016). Do decision rules matter? A descriptive study of English language proficiency assessment classifications for English-language learners and native English speakers in fifth grade. Language Testing, 33(1), 23-52. (online first, April 2015)
  5. Frantz, R. Starr, L & Bailey, A.L. (2015). Syntactic Complexity as an Aspect of Text Complexity.  Educational Researcher, 44(7), 387-393.
  6. Bailey, A. L., Blackstock-Bernstein, A. & Heritage, M.H. (2015). At the intersection of mathematics and language: examining mathematical explanations of English proficient and English language learner students. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 40, 6-28.