Meet the Executive Leadership Team Guiding Our Strategy and Mission

Katie McClarty, Ph.D.

Chief Assessment Officer


What keeps you committed to Questar and passionate about the work you get to do here?

“I am passionate about what information students, parents, and educators can gain from quality assessments and about the opportunity to improve students’ lives by thoughtful responses to test results. I am energized by Questar’s vision to bridge accountability and learning and to do that with a group of committed and talented team members who do serious work, but don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

As a child, what was your favorite book?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.”

More about Katie…

Dr. Katie McClarty possesses deep expertise in assessment design and K–12 educational research and policy. She leads Questar’s Assessment Services division and oversees item development, test design and development, psychometrics, editorial, graphics, and assessment and training support for Questar’s staff and clients, while guiding design and development of testing programs.

Before joining Questar, Katie served as the director for the Center for College & Career Success in Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network. Her signature work for the Center included the co-creation of a holistic college-readiness index for middle school students and the co-design and facilitation of standard-setting meetings and research projects for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Prior to directing the Center, she was the chief research scientist for the state of Texas general education assessment programs.

Widely published in the educational assessment academic community, Katie is lead author of the Educational Researcher article, “Evidence based standard setting: Establishing a validity framework for cut scores.” Her Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) paper, “Life in the Fast Lane: Effects of Early Grade Acceleration on High School and College Outcomes” received the 2015 GCQ Paper of the Year award. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research for her work on college and career readiness, and she is editing a book on college and career readiness to be published in 2017. Katie has been invited to speak at symposiums and conferences both nationally and internationally, and she maintains memberships in professional organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association for Gifted Children, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the World Council for Talented and Gifted Children.

Katie earned her Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, in psychology from Iowa State University.