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Cindy Ziker, PhD, MPH, co-leads the Assessment Group at SRI International. She is the principal investigator for innovative projects funded by the National Science Foundation, private foundations, and commercial clients that are designed to measure learning and improve educational and social emotional outcomes. Formerly the director of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) for the Arizona Department of Education, Ziker has expertise in implementing best practices in measurement to design, field-test, and scale technology-enhanced assessments and performance tasks using the principles of evidence-centered design. She oversees large research teams that collaborate with school districts, state departments of education, and universities to collect and analyze assessment data, conduct validity studies, and report findings that can contribute to improving academic outcomes for all students, including those underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science.
Ziker is passionate about advancing human potential and promoting equity. Her work leverages the principles of improvement science and collective impact approaches to engage stakeholders in efforts to broaden participation in STEM fields. She leads initiatives to improve evidence-informed teaching and learning through the implementation of workshops, webinars, and technical assistance.
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. She also holds a master’s degree in public health practice from the University of Arizona.