“Our technical assistance and research projects always start with ideas that come from the educators we collaborate with. This allows me to apply my research skills to find answers to the real-world questions educators ask and to provide results that are more useful for them in their work.”
For Dr. Mary Klute, collaboration with educators is the key to developing meaningful projects that provide useful solutions to the issues they face. As managing senior researcher, she leads efforts to shape our work to meet stakeholders’ needs.
Supervising a team of researchers and research associates, Dr. Klute leads evaluations of early-learning programs and innovative educational interventions funded at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition to early-childhood education and school readiness, her areas of expertise include quantitative research methods, educator effectiveness, formative assessment, and data use for quality improvement.
With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Klute has managed, designed, and directed multisite research and evaluation studies focused on critical education issues. For example, she has co-directed a systematic evidence review on formative assessment, led a study on the association between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement, and headed an evaluation of a district staffing initiative that incentivized highly effective teachers to transfer to low-performing schools. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Klute earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies, with a minor in statistics, from Pennsylvania State University. She is a What Works Clearinghouse–certified reviewer for group design studies.