Professor Don A. Klinger

Don Klinger

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Division of Education


Education Research; Teaching and Learning

Measurement and Psychometrics; Assessment Policy; Formative Assessment; Evaluation Theory and Practice

Qualifications: Ph.D. Educational Psychology

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Klinger, Prof Don 4281 dklinger TC.2.32 Division of Education

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Research Interests

My research focuses heavily on the formative and summative methods used to measure student outcomes, and the resulting decisions and actions made. This work primarily resides within public education and professional learning contexts (teacher and medical education), and classroom and large-scale assessment from both practical and policy perspectives. My contributions are highly valued due to both my psychometric skills (item response theory, generalizability theory, and hierarchical linear models) and my understanding of policy and the integration of assessment within varied contexts.

Recently, my research has focused on equity and access to learning, and the role of formative assessment to increase learner outcomes in challenging learning contexts (medical residents; rural Tanzania; non-academic programs). Throughout, I build connections across academic and professional communities to promote research dissemination, understanding, and use to improve educational systems.

Recent Publications

  • Jerrim, J., Volante, L., Klinger, D., & Schnepf, S. V. (2019). Socioeconomic inequality and student outcomes across education systems. In L. Volante, S. V. Schnepf, J. Jerrim, & D. A. Klinger (Eds.), Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes Cross-National Trends, Policies, and Practices (Vol. 4). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Nature. Retrieved from

  • Klinger, D., Schnepf, S. V., Volante, L., & Jerrim, J. (2019). Cross-national trends in addressing socioeconomic inequality in education. In L. Volante, S. V. Jerrim, & D. A. Klinger (Eds.), Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes. Education Policy & Social Inequality (Vol. 4). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

  • Volante, L., DeLuca, C., & Klinger, D. (2019). Culturally responsive teaching and the importance of assessment in Canadian schools. Canadian Association of Principals Journal. Retrieved from

  • DeLuca, C., Chapman-Chin, A., & Klinger, D. A. (2019). Toward a teacher professional learning continuum in assessment for learning. Educational Assessment, 1-19. doi:10.1080/10627197.2019.1670056

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