Directory » SANDRA ACOSTA
107F EDCT
458-4211
Department
Afilliations
Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education
Education
Ph.D., Education Psychology, Texas A&M University (2009)
M.Ed., Public School Administration, St. Thomas University
M.A., Spanish Philology, University of Wisconsin
B.A., Spanish Literature, The University of Texas
SANDRA ACOSTA
Associate Professor
Research Interests
Academic and technical language for bilingual education teachers and English Language Learners
Bilingual education teacher preparation models
Classroom discourse
Oral langugage development
COURSES TAUGHT
BEFB470. BILING ASSESS&MONITORING
2020A,2019A,2018A,2017A,2016A
BEFB470. Bilingual Assess And Monitoring
2009A,2008A,2007A
BEFB472. Bilingual And Dual Lang Method
2007C,2006C
BEFB474. Biliteracy Bilingual And Dual
2007C,2006C
BEFB476. CONTENT AREA INSTRUCTION
2020A,2019A,2018A,2017A,2016A
BEFB476. Content Area Instruction
2009A,2008A,2007A
BIED613. SPAN/ENG BILITERACY
2020C,2019C,2018C,2017C,2016C
BIED619. SECOND LANG ACQUSITION
2020C,2019C
BIED683. FIELD PRACTICUM IN
2020C,2020A,2019A,2017A,2016C
BIED684. PROFESS INTERNSHIP
2016C,2016A,2015C,2013C,2013A
BIED685. DIRECTED STUDIES
2020C,2019B,2019A,2017C,2016A


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Books and Monographs
Acosta, S. (2016) [Review of the Academic Achievement Battery Screening Form]. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The twentieth mental measurements yearbook. Retrieved from http://marketplace.unl.edu/buros/
Journal Articles
Acosta, S., Garza, T., Hsu, H.-Y., Goodson, P., Padr[243][243]n, Y., Goltz, H. H, & Johnston, A. (in press). The Accountability Culture: A Systematic Review of Research on English Learners and High-Stakes Testing From 2001[48]132016. Educational Psychology Review. doi: 10.1007/s10648-019-09511-2 (impact factor 6.8 2018)
Hsu, H-Y., Lee, K., Bentley, J. & Acosta, S. (2019). Investigating the role of school-based extracurricular activity participation in adolescents[48]19 learning outcomes: A propensity score method. Journal of Education and Learning, 8(4), 8[48]1317. (Journal metric h-index13)
Acosta, S., *Chen, X., Goltz, H., Goodson, P., & Padr[243][243]n, Y. (2018). A case study of novice bilingual education teachers conducting action research and diffusing teaching innovations. Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0042085918805148 (Impact Factor, 2017: 2.1)
*Chen, X., Goodson, P., Acosta, S., Berry, A., & McKyer, L.E. (2018). Assessing health literacy among populations with limited English proficiency: A case of Chinese American immigrants. Health Literacy Research and Practice, 2(2):e94-e106. (open access: https://doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20180405-01)
*Chen, X., Acosta, S., & Berry, A. (2017). Machine or Human? Evaluating a language translation mobile app for diabetes education material. Journal of Medical Internet Diabetes, 2(1), e13. (open access; Journal of Medical Internet Research [JMIR] publications). doi:10.2196/diabetes.7446
*Chen, X., Acosta, S., & Berry, A. (2016). Evaluating the accuracy of Google Translate website for diabetes education material. Journal of Medical Internet Diabetes, 1(1). (open access; Journal of Medical Internet Research [JMIR] publications). url: http://diabetes.jmir.org/2016/1/e3/
Gonzalez, J. E., Acosta, S., Pollard-Durodola, S., Soares, D., Davis, H., Saenz, L., Resendez, N., Zhu, L. (2016). Latino maternal literacy beliefs and practices mediating socioeconomic status and maternal education effects in predicting child receptive vocabulary. Early Education and Development. Online first: Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2016.1185885 (5-Year Impact Factor, 2014: 1.477).
Hsu, H-Y., Lin, J-H., Kwok, O., Acosta, S., & Willson, V. (2016). The impact of intra-class correlation (ICC) on the effectiveness of level-specific fit indices in multilevel structural equation modeling (MSEM): A Monte Carlo study. Educational and Psychological Measurement. Online first: Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2015.1066467 (Impact Factor, 2014: 1.154)
Acosta, S., Goltz, H.H., Goodson, P. (2015). Autoethnography in action research for health education practitioners. Action Research 13(4), 411-431. DOI: 10.1177/1476750315573589
Chen, X., Goodson, P., Acosta, S. (2015). Blending Health Literacy With an English as a Second Language Curriculum: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Health Communication, 20 (sup 2), 101-111. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1066467
Goltz, H. H., & Acosta, S. (2015). A rare family: Exploring genetic literacy in an online support group. Journal of Family Strengths, 15(2). (Special issue on Literacy). http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol15/iss2/6
*Hsu, H-Y., Kwok, O., Acosta, S., & Lin, J-H. (2015). Detecting misspecified multilevel SEMs using common fit indices: A Monte Carlo study. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 50, 197-215. [ISI 2014 impact factor: 2.477]
Acosta, S., & Hsu, H.-Y. (2014). Negotiating diversity: An empirical investigation into family, school, and student factors influencing New Zealand adolescents[8217] science literacy. Educational Studies, 40(1), 98[8211]115. doi:10.1080/03055698.2013.830243 (Impact Factor, 2013: 0.351)
Acosta, S., & Hsu, H.-Y. (2014). Shared academic values: Testing a model of the association between Hong Kong parents[8217] and adolescents[8217] perception of the general value of science and scientific literacy. Educational Studies, 40(2), 174[8211]195. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2013.866889
Acosta, S., & Hsu, H.-Y. (2013). Shared academic values: Testing a model of the association between Hong Kong parents[48]19 and adolescents[48]19 perception of the general value of science and scientific literacy. Educational Studies
Hsu, H.-Y., Lau, H.-H., Acosta, S., Lai, Y.-H. & (2013). Impact of participation in extracurricular activities during college on graduate employability: An empirical study of graduates of Taiwanese business schools. Educational Studies
Acosta, S., & Goltz, H. H. (2011). Connecting the dots: Theory in research and practice [Review of Theory in Health Promotion Research and Practice: Thinking outside the Box by P. Goodson]. Educational Studies, 47(6), 583-588
Acosta, S., & Hsu, H. (2010). Priming the pump: A case study of pre-service bilingual education teachers[8217] Spanish writing. TABE Journal, 12(1), 76-107
Irby, B., Tong, F., Lara-Alecio, R., Mathes, P., Acosta, S., & Guerrero, C. (2010). Quality of instruction, language of instruction, and Spanish-speaking English Language Learners[8217] Performance on a State Reading Achievement Test. TABE Journal, 12(1), 1-42
Book Chapters
Chen, X., & Acosta, S. (in press). Is Machine Language Translation a Viable Tool for Health Communication? In M. Ji (Ed.), Cross-cultural health translation: Developing translation methodologies and digital resources. London, England: Routledge.
Acosta, S. (2014) [Review of the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument]. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook (pp. 187[48]13189). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.
Acosta, S. (2014) [Review of the Michigan English Test]. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook (pp. 435[48]13437). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
Acosta, S., & Goltz, H. (2014). Transforming practices: A primer on action research. Health Promotion Practice, 15(4), 465[8211]470. doi:10.1177/1524839914527591 (Indexed in MEDLINE)
Other Publications and Presentations
Chen, X., Acosta, S., Goodson, P., Berry, A., & McKyer, L.E. (in press). A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of the non-English TOFHLA. Oxford handbook of translation and social practices.
Acosta, S. (in press) [Review of the IPT Early Literacy Test-Third Edition: K[48]131]. In R. A. Spies, J. F. Carlson, & K. F. Geisinger (Eds.), The nineteenth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.
Acosta, S. (2010) Review of the Test of Early Language Development-Third Edition: Spanish Version.] In R. A. Spies, J. F. Carlson, & K. F. Geisinger (Eds.) The Eighteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook (pp. 627-629). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Catapult #5
PI. TAMU CEHD (State)
2018-11-01 — 2020-05-01
Sustainable Professional Development and Research Knowledge (SPARK) for Nevada English Learners Program
PI. University of Nevada-Las Vegas - USDE (Federal)
2018-10-01 — 2021-09-30
Journey: Joining Our Unified-community with Research Needs to Empower Our Youth
PI. University of Nevada-Las Vegas - USDE (Federal)
2018-07-01 — 2023-06-30
Catapult Round 1 - Transformers: Research to Practice Center (Funded amount $18,200)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-02-01 — 2016-12-31
PESCA: Validation of a Face-to-Face Instrument to Measure Medication Literacy
Co-PI. TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research - PESCA (State)
2015-05-01 — 2016-04-30
Literacy Project
PI. Barbara Bush Literacy Corps (Private)
2009-05-01 — 2010-04-30

AWARDS
Dissertation Award, NABE (2011)
EDITORSHIPS
Editorial Board Member. Mid-South Educational Research Association (2009)
Editorial Board Member. Research in the Schools (2011)
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Chair, Bilingual Education Master's Program (2015)
Chair, Southwest Educational Research Association (2011)