Principal Educator Researcher – Testing, SRI Education
Mary Klute, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and evaluation studies in education. She specializes in supporting educators, particularly in early childhood education programs, to use data and evidence to improve outcomes for students.
Prior to joining SRI in June 2020, Klute was a managing senior researcher at Marzano Research. There, she served as the applied research lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory Central contract. In that role, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of rigorous applied research studies that addressed needs in a seven-state region. She also worked with stakeholders in the region to support their use of data and research evidence to address the high-leverage needs they were facing. For example, she co-led a technical support project with the Nebraska Department of Education to develop a resource inventory of evidence-based interventions and strategies that educators can include in individual reading plans to meet legislative requirements.
Klute has managed, designed, and directed several multisite research and evaluation studies, involving both direct data collection and analysis of archival data. For example, Klute directed an Institute of Education Sciences-funded study examining the effectiveness of a gamified approach to instruction in elementary school, a study that used social network analysis to describe the ways in which organizations in 16 regions in Oregon worked together to ensure children enter school healthy and ready to learn, and a quasi-experimental study examining the effectiveness of a program that provided incentives to high-performing teachers to teach in struggling schools in a Georgia school district.
Klute received her PhD and MS in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a What Works Clearinghouse-certified reviewer for group design studies (version 4.1) and regression discontinuity designs (version 4.0).