Cindy Walker, Ph.D.

Independent Evaluation Consultant

Dr. Cindy M. Walker is the Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University. She is also a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and has taught courses in educational and psychological measurement, statistics, research design, and program evaluation. She conducts research in the area of testing and measurement. Her research focuses primarily on applied issues in psychometrics, especially those related to item response theory. Walker has worked with the Certification and Skills Assessment team at Microsoft Corporation, the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction in the state of Washington, the Division of Research and Assessment at Milwaukee Public School District, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the National Science Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Wisconsin, the Center for Self-Sufficiency, Appleton Public Library, and many local school districts in Southeastern Wisconsin. Moreover, she has extensive experience conducting program evaluations, designing research studies and sound measurement tools, and working with large testing databases, such as TIMSS, NAEP, PISA, and those associated with states and districts.

Cindy has published on the topics of differential item functioning, multi-dimensional item response theory, and computer adaptive testing in journals including Journal of Educational Measurement, International Journal of Testing, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. Her interest in psychometrics is enhanced by her interest in how children learn and are assessed in a constructivist mathematics classroom. Walker received a B.S in mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Roosevelt University; an M.S. in mathematics education from Illinois State University; and a Ph.D. in quantitative research methodologies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Evaluation of Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership
  • Evaluation of Junior Achievement of Southeast Wisconsin
  • Software packages: SPSS, SAS, R, Stata, Bilog, Multilog, Lisrel, and AMOS


  • Evaluation
  • Research Design
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Scale/Instrument Development
  • Psychometrics