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Cindy Ziker

Senior Researcher - Assessment, Center for Technology in Learning

Cindy Ziker, Ph.D., is a senior researcher in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. She has more than 15 years of experience in large-scale assessment at the district, state, and national level. 

Ziker's work includes conducting research studies for state and national assessments, developing assessments designed to measure teacher effectiveness and student proficiency for high-stakes and formative purposes, and conducting validity studies and assessment research. Her expertise includes designing and field testing technology-enhanced, scenario-based science assessments and conducting psychometric analysis of the results. 

As a former senior researcher/psychometrician for the Arizona Department of Education, she has conducted statewide trainings in item writing, item content and bias reviews, and standard-setting events. Ziker served as a member of a technical work group that evaluated the National Assessment of Educational Progress for Congress.

Ziker earned her doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University and completed a graduate certificate in large-scale assessment and measurement from the University of Maryland.