Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Chris DeLuca

Christopher DeLuca

Professor of Educational Assessment, Faculty of Education, Graduate Faculty
425 Gordon Hall & 218 Duncan McArthur Hall

BSc (Toronto), B.Ed., MEd, PhD (Queen's)

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Professor of Educational Assessment, Faculty of Education, Graduate Faculty

Managing Director of Assessment and Evaluation Group

Executive Editor: Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice

Website: cdeluca.com | educ.queensu.ca/cart

Twitter: @ChrisDeLuca20

Dr. DeLuca (PhD, Queen’s University) is an Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University and Professor of Educational Assessment at the Faculty of Education. Dr. DeLuca leads the Classroom Assessment Research Team and is a director of the Queen’s Assessment and Evaluation Group. Previously, Dr. DeLuca was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (Tampa, USA) and has worked in the area of policy research in London, England.

Dr. DeLuca’s research examines the complex intersection of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment as operating within the current context of school accountability and standards-based education. His work largely focuses on supporting teachers in negotiating these critical areas of practice to enhance student learning experiences. In particular, Dr. DeLuca’s research centers on how pre-service and in-service teachers learn to engage the complexities of assessing student learning in relation to the evolving accountability culture in today’s classrooms. For more information, see the activities of the Classroom Assessment Research Team.

Dr. DeLuca’s research has been published in national and international journals, and has been recognized through several awards including the Queen’s Faculty of Education Research Excellence Award, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Paper in Classroom Assessment Award, and the R.W. Jackson Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Further, his research has received continuous funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. DeLuca has served as the Chair of the AERA Classroom Assessment SIG, President of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association, and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Education. He is currently an Executive Editor of Assessment in Education: Principals, Policy & Practice. 

Research Interests

  • Exploring pre-service and in-service teacher education in assessment (assessment literacy)
  • Rethinking classroom assessment theory and practice to support teaching and learning
  • Examining the intersection of assessment, curriculum, and pedagogy within accountability contexts of education
  • Using validity theory in educational assessment, programming, and research
Recent Publications

DeLuca, C., Pyle, A., Valiquette, A., & LaPointe-McEwan, D. (2020). New directions for kindergarten education: Embedding assessment in play-based learning. Elementary Schools Journal, 120(3), 455-479. DOI:

Pyle, A., DeLuca, C., Danniels, E., & Wickstrom, H. (2020). A model for assessment in play-based kindergarten education. American Educational Research Journal. Online first. doi.org/10.3102/0002831220908800

DeLuca, C., Pyle, A., Braund, H., & Faith, L. (2020). Leveraging assessment to promote kindergarten learners’ independence and self-regulation within play-based classrooms. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, & Practice. Online first. DOI: 10.1080/0969594X.2020.1719033

DeLuca, C., Willis, J., Cowie, B., Harrison, C., Coombs, A., Gibson, A., & Trask, S. (2019). Policies, programs, and practices: Exploring the complex dynamics of assessment education in teacher education across four countries. Frontiers in Education, 4. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00132  

DeLuca, C., Coombs, A., & LaPointe-McEwan, D. (2019). Assessment mindset: Exploring the relationship between teacher mindset and approaches to classroom assessment. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 61, 159-169. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2019.03.012

DeLuca, C., Chapman-Chin, A. E., & Klinger, D. (2019). Toward a teacher professional learning progression for classroom assessment. Educational Assessment, 24(4), 267-285. 

DeLuca, C., Schneider, C., Coombs, A. J., Pozas, M., & Rasooli, A., (2019). A cross-cultural comparison of German and Canadian student teachers’ assessment competence. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 27(1), 26-45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/0969594X.2019.1703171

DeLuca, C., Coombs, A. J., MacGregor, S., & Rasooli, A. (2019). Toward a differential and situated view of assessment literacy: Studying teachers’ responses to classroom assessment scenarios. Frontiers in Education, 4(94), 1-10. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00094

DeLuca, C., Pyle, A., Roy, S., Chalas, A., & Daniels, E. (2019). Perspectives on kindergarten assessment: Towards a common understanding. Teachers College Record, 121(3), 1-58.

DeLuca, C., Chapman-Chin, A. E, LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Klinger, D. (2018). Students’ perspectives on assessment for learning. The Curriculum Journal, 29(1), 77-94.

DeLuca, C., Valiquette, A., Coombs, A., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Luhanga, U. (2018). Teachers’ approaches to classroom assessment: A large-scale survey. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 25(4), 355-375.

Coombs, A., DeLuca, C., & LaPointe-McEwan, D. (2018). Changing approaches to classroom assessment: An empirical study across teacher career stages. Teaching and Teacher Education, 71, 134-144.

DeLuca, C., Braund, H., Valiquette, A., & Cheng, L. (2017). Grading policies and practices in Canada: A landscape study. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 184, 4-22.

Pyle, A., DeLuca, C., & Danniels, E. (2017). A scoping review of research on play-based pedagogies in kindergarten education. Review of Education, 5(3), 311-351.

DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., & Chan, J. (2017). Systematic professional learning through collaborative inquiry: Examining teachers’ perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 67-78.

Pyle, A., & DeLuca, C. (2017). Assessment in play-based kindergarten classrooms: An empirical study of teacher perspectives and practices. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(5), 457–466.

LaPointe, D., DeLuca, C., & Klinger, D. (2017). Supporting evidence-use in networked professional learning: The role of the middle leader. Educational Research, Special Issue: Evidence-informed Practice in Education, 59(2), 136-153.

DeLuca, C., LaPointe, D., & Luhanga, U. (2016). Teacher assessment literacy: a review of international standards and measures. Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability, 28(3), 251-272.

DeLuca, C., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Luhanga, U. (2016). Approaches to classroom assessment inventory: A new instrument to support teacher assessment literacy. Educational Assessment, 21(4), 248-266.

Bolden, B., & DeLuca, C. (2016). Measuring the magical: Leveraging assessment for emergent learning. Assessment Matters, 10, 52-71.

DeLuca, C., & Volante, L. (2016). Assessment for learning in teacher education programs: Navigating the juxtaposition of theory and praxis. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, 20(1), 19-31.

DeLuca, C., Shulha, J., Luhanga, U., Shulha, L. M., Klinger, D. A., & Christou, T. (2015) Collaborative inquiry as a professional learning structure for educators: A scoping review. Professional Development in Education, 41(1), 640-670.

Birenbaum, M., DeLuca, C., Earl, L., Heritage, M., Klenowski, V., Looney, A., Smith, K., Timperley, H., Volante, L., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2015). International trends in the implementation of assessment: Implications for policy and practice. Policy Futures in Education, 13(1), 117-140.

DeLuca, C., Klinger, D., Pyper, J., Shulha, L., & Woods, J. (2015). Building school district capacity in assessment for learning: A study on the effectiveness of an instructional rounds professional learning approach. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 22(1), 122-139.


Current PhD Students


  • Agnieszka Chalas (SSHRC Graduate Fellowship)(PhD, 2019)
  • Murdoch Matheson (PhD, 2019)
  • John Duclos (MEd, 2018)
  • Andrew Coombs (SSHRC CGS Fellowship) (MEd, 2017)
  • Lalai Abbas (MEd, 2016)
  • Bing Bai (MEd, 2016)
  • Jessika Diakun (MEd, 2016)
  • Meaghan Low (MEd, 2015)
  • Cheng Zhou (MEd, 2015)
  • Paul Vernon (SSHRC CGS Fellowship) (MEd, 2014)
Courses Taught



Continuing Teacher Education