FACULTY OF

Education

 

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Don Klinger

BSc, BEd (British Columbia), PhD (Alberta)

Professor of Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation, Graduate Faculty
President, Canadian Society for the Study of Education
Director, Assessment and Evaluation Group

Room: A102
Phone: 613-533-3028
Email: klingerd@queensu.ca

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Psychometrics and policy issues of large-scale assessments
  • Measures of school effectiveness
  • Building connections amongst the research and professional communities in education
Biography

Don Klinger is one of the founding members of the Assessment and Evaluation Group at Queen's University. Currently, he is also a member of the Psychometric Expert Panel for the Education Quality and Accountability Office in Ontario (responsible for provincial testing of students) and was a member of the Ontario Educational Research Panel. He was part of the writing team for the second edition of the Personnel Evaluation Standards, and he is now the co-chair of the writing team revising the Student Evaluation Standards for the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.

His research focuses on issues in measurement, assessment and evaluation. His primary research centres on the methods we use to measure educational outcomes and the resulting decisions that we make based on these results. He is particularly interested in classroom and large-scale assessment from a practical and policy perspective. He also conducts program evaluations that focus on educational issues in public and higher education. As a methodologist, he uses a variety of research methods to pursue measurement and assessment issues, including item response theory, generalizability theory, and hierarchical linear modeling. Increasingly, his work focuses on models of dissemination and communication of research for the wider audience of professionals and educators. He works to build connections amongst the research and professional communities in education, sharing his expertise and questions with professional organizations in order to better promote and facilitate the use of research in education. His previous experiences as a high-school teacher and district coordinator of assessment and evaluation have been invaluable in helping him build the connections between research and practice while also recognizing the ongoing barriers both researchers and professionals face in the field of assessment and evaluation.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Refereed Papers

Donnelly, C. A., Shulha, L. M., Letts, L. & Klinger, D. A. (In Press). Supporting knowledge translation through evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Cheng, L., Klinger, D. A., Fox, J., Doe, C., Jin, Y., & Wu, J. (2014). Motivation and test anxiety in test performance across three testing contexts: The CAEL, CET and GEPT. TESOL Quarterly, 48, 300-330.

Cheng, L., Klinger, D. A., & Zheng, Y. (2013). Factors influencing English language learners’ performance on the Ontario secondary school literacy test. Foreign Language Testing and Teaching, 26-41.

Sebok, S., Luu, K., & Klinger, D. A. (2013). Psychometric properties of the multiple mini-interview used for medical admissions: Findings from generalizability and Rasch analyses. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 18(2).

DeLuca, C., Luu, K., Sun, Y., & Klinger, D. A. (2012). Assessment for learning in the classroom: Barriers to implementation and possibilities for teacher professional learning. Assessment Matters, 4, 5-29.

Klinger, D. A., Volante, L., & DeLuca, C. (2012). Building teacher capacity within the evolving assessment culture in Canadian education. Policy Futures in Education, Special Edition: Developing Sustainable Assessment Cultures in School Learning Organisations, 10, 447-460.

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Luce-Kapler, R. A., & Elliott, S. (2012). The enabling constraints of building an assessment pedagogy. European Journal of Education and Educational Psychology, 1(1), 81-113.

Books and Chapters

Klinger, D. A. (In Press). Monitoring accountability, and improvement, oh no! Assessment policies and practices in Canadian education In S. Scott (Ed) Leading Enhanced Student Assessment: Implications for policy and practice. Springer.

Lee, E. & Klinger, D. A. (2013). The role of the school library: Building collaborations to support school improvement. In. M. J. Dow (ed.)  School Libraries Matter: Views From the Research (pp. 79-90). Santa Barbara: CA. Libraries Unlimited.

The Classroom Assessment Standards. Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, Don Klinger and Patty McDivitt (Co-chairs) (2009-2013).

Huang, J., & Klinger, D. A. (2012). Chinese ESL students' learning challenges and coping strategies. In J. Huang (Ed.). East meets west: Chinese ESL students in North American higher education. Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Klinger, D. A., & Saab, H. (2012). Educational leadership in the context of low-stakes accountability: The Canadian perspective (pp. 73-96). In L. Volante (Ed) School leadership in the context of standards-based reform: International perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Technical and Research Reports

Klinger, D. A., LaPointe, D., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2013). Professional learning in UCDSB: A developmental evaluation of a HUBs model for collaborative teacher inquiry. Kingston, ON: Queen's University Faculty of Education.

Deluca, C., Klinger, D. A., Pyper, J., & Shulha, L. M. (2013). An evaluation report for the building capacity in assessment for learning professional learning program at Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington catholic district school board. Evaluation report published for the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, Kingston: ON.

Kutsyuruba, B., Klinger, D. A., & Hussain A. (2012). Relationships among school climate/school safety and student achievement and well-being. Literature Review completed for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa: ON.

Klinger, D. A., & McAdie, P. (2012). The Knowledge to Practice Gap in Classroom Assessment. Research report produced for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), Toronto: ON.

Academic Presentations

Chapman, A. E. A., & Klinger, D. A. (2014, April). Exploring the variability in annual school rankings. Poster presentation at the National Council on Measurement in Education, April 4-7, Philadelphia, PA.

Klinger, D. A., DeLuca, C., & Pyper, J (2014, February). Building school capacity in assessment for learning: Models for systemic implementation. Presentation at the Ontario Education Research Symposium, February 18-20, Toronto, ON.

Klinger, D. A., McAdie, P., Sebok, S., & Mills, A. (2013, December). The knowledge to practice gap in classroom assessment. Poster presented at the MISA-KNAER-RECRAE Networking and Information Exchange Event December 4, Toronto, ON.

Klinger, D. A., Howard, B., Munoz, M., & Rogers, W. T. (2013, October). The classroom assessment standards. Presentation at the CREATE conference October 11, Atlanta, Georgia.

Klinger, D. A., Chapman, A., Luhanga, U., Elgar, F., & Freeman, J. G. (2013, June). The Family affluence scale in Canada: Using “Old Courses” of analyses to explore consistency and accuracy. Presentation at the HBSC Spring Meeting, June 18 - 21, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Kutsyuruba, B., & Wade-Woolley, L., (June, 2013). The school effectiveness framework initiative in Ontario: An evaluation of its ongoing development and influence on education in Ontario. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, June 2-6, Victoria, BC.

Luu, K., Sebok, S. S., & Klinger, D. A. (2013, April). Examining the Consistency of Medical Admissions Noncognitive Assessments. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education April 28 – April 30, San Francisco, CA.

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Luu, K., Ma, J., & Lam, C. Y. (2013, April). How can I teach what I do not know: Revealing the purpose of assessment for learning through a self-regulated learning cycle. Structured poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 27 – May 1, San Francisco, CA.

Shulha, L. M., Klinger, D. A., Lam, C. Y., Luu, K., & Ma, J. (2013, April). Searching for simplexity and complicity in classroom assessment education: A challenge for preservice teachers and their instructors. Structured poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 27 – May 1, San Francisco, CA.

Klinger, D. A., McDivitt, P., Howard, B., Wylie, C & Munoz, M. (2012, June). The classroom assessment standards: Our ongoing efforts to improve assessment practices in k-12 education. National Hearing presented at the CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment June 26, Minneapolis, MN.

Shulha, L. M., & Klinger, D. A. (2012, May). Individual explorations of wicked problems in assessment: Moving beyond constraints of large-group instruction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, May 27-30, Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.

Klinger, D. A., McDivitt, P., Howard, B., & Rogers, W. T. (2012, May). The classroom assessment standards: Our ongoing efforts to improve assessment practices in k-12 education. Spotlight session presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, May 27-30, Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.

Klinger, D. A., & Saab, H. (2012). Educational leadership in the context of low-stakes accountability: The Canadian perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 13 - 17, Vancouver, BC.

Klinger, D. A., McDivitt, P., Yarbrough, D., Wylie, C., & Rogers, W. T. (2012, April). National hearing for the classroom assessment standards. National Hearing conducted at the American Educational Research Association, April 13 - 17, Vancouver, BC.

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Wade-Woolley, L., & Kutsyuruba, B. (2012, February). An evaluation of the state, changes, and impact of the LNS school effectiveness framework. Paper presented at the Ontario Educational Research Symposium, February 21 - 23, Toronto, ON.

Invited Presentations

Klinger, D. A. (2013, September). Our Evolving Conceptions of Classroom Assessment and its Role in Teaching and Learning. Keynote address presented at The Asia-Pacific Education Assessment Conference (APEAC), September 11 and 12, 2013, Singapore.

Klinger, D. A. (2013, January). The Evolving Nature of Student Assessment in Higher Education. Invited lecture given to the Yanbu University College, Female Campus, January 15, 2013, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

Klinger, D. A. (2013, January). The Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG): Assessment and Evaluation Research at Queen's University. Invited lecture given to the Yanbu Industrial College and Yanbu University College, January 14, 2013, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

Klinger, D. A. (2013, January). The Evolving Nature of Student Assessment in Higher Education. Invited lecture given to the Yanbu Industrial College and Yanbu University College, January 13, 2013, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

Klinger, D. A. (2012, May). Large-scale testing, accountability and school improvement: The Canadian experience. Invited presentation given to the School of Learning and Professional Studies Queensland University of Technology, May 10, 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Klinger, D. A. (2012, May). The Practice/Research Gap in Classroom Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited presentation given to the Queensland School Authority, May 10, 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Klinger, D. A. (2012, May). Large-scale testing, accountability and school improvement: The Canadian experience. Invited presentation given to the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, May 8, 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Klinger, D. A. (2012, April). Building an assessment pedagogy: A wicked problem. Invited presentation given to University of Otago, Faculty of Education, April 27, 2012, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Klinger, D. A. (2012, April). Building an assessment pedagogy: A wicked problem. Invited presentation given to Auckland University, Faculty of Education, April 23, 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

Currently Funded Projects

Klinger, D. A., Luce-Kapler, R. & DeLuca, C. (2013). Developing Students’ Proportional Reasoning Math Skills. Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN). ($80,000 for 1 year)

Klinger, D. A., Luce-Kapler, R. Freeman, J. G., & Pyper, J. (2013). High school students in applied English programs: what are the factors impacting their performance on the Ontario secondary school literacy test. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. ($284,000 for 5 years)

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Pyper, J., Bolden, B., Christou, T., DeLuca, C., Kutsyuruba, B., & Wade-Woolley, L. (2013). Professional Learning Cultures: An Evaluation of Collaborative Inquiry in Ontario Elementary Schools. Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education ($260,000 for 1.5 years)

Klinger, D. A., Luhanga, U., & Sebok, S. (2012). District-Wide Examinations: Assessment Framework/Design: A Revision Project. Ottawa Carleton District School Board ($8,000 for 1.5 years).

Luce-Kapler, R., Klinger, D. A., & LaPointe, D. (2012). Program Review of Collaborative Inquiry Projects. Upper Canada District School Board ($7,000 for one year).

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., DeLuca, C., & Pyper, J. (2012). The Evaluation of the Implementation of Assessment for Learning in schools and Classrooms: A Professional Learning Strategy to Promote Assessment for Learning & Student Self-Regulated Learning. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board ($99,980 for 1.5 years).

Pickett, W., Freeman, J. G., Craig, W., Elgar, F., Janssen, I., & Klinger, D. A., (2009). Health behaviour in school-aged children [HBSC]: Data collection and dissemination. Public Health Agency of Canada. ($1,200,000 for 4 years).

Teaching & Supervision

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Graduate Fields

Graduate Students

PhD Students

MEd Students

  • Rachel Stewart
  • Adelina Valiquette
  • Mino Mitri

Alumni

  • Adam Battista (MEd, 2014)
  • Adam Mills (MEd, 2013)
  • Elizabeth Pero (MEd, 2013)
  • Ingrid DeVries (MEd, 2012)
  • Francine Delvecchio (MEd, 2011)
  • Jeff Burrow (MEd, 2010)
  • Ann-Marie Reid (MEd, 2010)
  • Christopher DeLuca (SSHRC Graduate Fellowship) (PhD, 2010)
  • Hana Saab (SSHRC CGS Graduate Fellowship) (PhD, 2009)
  • Margaret Connelly (MEd, 2009)
  • Maureen Bartlett (MEd, 2009)
  • Tess Miller (PhD, 2009) (Ontario Graduate Scholarship)
  • Steve McLagan (MEd, 2007)
  • Suparna Roy (MEd, 2007)
  • Robin Quantick (MEd, 2007)
  • Erin O‘Donnell (PhD, 2007)
  • Tom Bourne (MEd, 2007)
  • Jinyan Huang (SSHRC Graduate Fellowship) (PhD, 2007)
  • Chloe Soibelman (Ontario Graduate Scholarship) (MEd, 2006)
  • John Wakegijig (Education Thesis Prize) (MEd, 2005)
  • Jane Brunette (Canada Graduate Scholarship) (MEd, 2005)
  • Christopher DeLuca (MEd, 2005)
  • Tess Miller (MEd, 2004)