Alejandro (Trae) Madrigal, III
Trae Madrigal is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He is a first-year master's student in the Education Policy and Planning program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in Psychology. Trae's experiences teaching courses with high-stakes or End-of-Course exams informed his perspective on the top-down accountability pressures impacting students and schools.
Trae's current research interests include high-stakes testing and its alternatives, as well as potential effects of marketized schooling environments on student orientations toward schooling. His focus in these areas centers on disproportionate negative impact on students of color and students from households with low incomes, especially within majority-Latinx geographic contexts.