Biography

My research interests focus on educational evaluation and the intersection of educational accountability issues and high stakes assessment. As educational accountability has become increasingly more important nationally and globally, my work has examined both evaluative capacity building and monitoring issues involved in test-based educational accountability. My current research includes an investigation of the intended and unintended consequences of a state-wide assessment and accountability system in relationship to students, instruction, and educational outcomes.

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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana, 2012 - present

Associate Professor Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - 2011

Chair, QUERIES Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - 2010

Head Division of Measurement and Evaluation, Office of Instructional Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994 - 1999

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Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988

M.Ed., Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981

B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1972

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Awards, Honors, Associations

A++ Award: Advocacy, Activism, and Advancement 2012 College of Education Graduate Student Conference, College of Education, 2012 - 2013

University Fellow, Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, 2005-2006 Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, 2005 - 2006

Research & Service

My research interests focus on educational evaluation and the intersection of educational accountability issues and high stakes assessment. As educational accountability has become increasingly more important nationally and globally, my work has examined both evaluative capacity building and monitoring issues involved in test-based educational accountability. My current research includes an investigation of the intended and unintended consequences of a state-wide assessment and accountability system in relationship to students, instruction, and educational outcomes.

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Publications

Ryan, K., Gandha, T., & Ahn, J. (2013) School self-evaluation and inspection for improving U.S. schools? National Education Policy Center  link >

Ryan, K., Gandha, T., Culbertson, M., & Carlson, C. (2013) Focus group evidence: Implications for design and analysis American Journal of Evaluation first published on December 3, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1098214013508300

Ganley, C., Mingle, L., Ryan, A., Ryan, K., Vasilyeva, M., & Perry, M. (2013) An examination of stereotype threat effects on girls' mathematics performance Developmental Psychology 49 (10), 1889-1897

Ryan, K., & Timmer, J. (2013) New Zealand style school review: A view from outside. A developmental and negotiated approach to school and curriculum evaluation Emerald Publishers: Bindley, England, United Kingdom

Ryan, K., & Feller, I. (2012) Evaluation, accountability and performance measurement in national education systems: Trends, methods, and issues. In M. Preedy, N. Bennett & C.  Wise (Eds.), Educational leadership: Context, strategy. 2009,  Thousand Oaks: Sage

Ryan, K., Gannon, S., N., C., & M., . (2012) Improving survey methods with cognitive interviews in small- and medium-scale evaluations American Journal of Evaluation 33 (3), 414-430

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Grants

Co-Principal Investigator Using computer adaptive testing (CAT) to improve STEM learning, test performance, and retention, National Science Foundation, 2013 - 2016

Co-Principal Investigator Assessing Complex Performance: A Postdoctoral Training Program Researching Students Writing and Assessment in Digital Workspaces, Institute of Education Sciences, 2011 - 2016

Co-Principal Investigator Illinois Collaborative for Educational Policy Research, Illinois State Board of Education, 2012 - 2013

Principal Investigator External Review of the ISBE Large Scale Assessment and Accountability System, Illinois State Board of Education, 2008 - 2013

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Service

Associate Editor American Journal of Evaluation, 2005 - 2010

Katherine Ryan

Professor Emerita, Educational Psychology

Contact

Office

220A Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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