Gerald Tindal, who holds a doctorate in educational psychology, joined the University of Oregon in 1984 and is currently a professor and the director of behavioral research and teaching at the university's College of Education as well as area head of educational leadership. He teaches courses that focus on measurement systems for general and special education teachers and administrators.
His work includes both curriculum-based measurement of basic skills and concept-based instruction and problem-solving in secondary content classrooms. Tindal's work has fostered ongoing connections with local and state education agencies. His research focuses on the integration of students with disabilities in general education classrooms using student performance indicators to develop optimal instructional programs.
For the past decade, Tindal has conducted research on student participation in large-scale testing. This work includes investigations of test accommodations, teacher decision making using curriculum-based measurement and extended assessments of basic skills. He publishes and reviews articles in many special education journals and has written several book chapters and books on curriculum-based measurement.