David Rutkowski

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David Rutkowski is Professor of Education at the Center for Educational Measurement(CEMO) at the University of Oslo, Norway. David joined CEMO in 2015 before that he was a faculty member at Indiana University and also worked as a researcher at the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Data Processing and Research Center in Hamburg Germany. He earned his PhD in educational policy with a research specialization in evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. David’s research is focused in the area of educational policy and technical topics within international large-scale assessment and program evaluation. His interests include how large scale assessments are used within policy debates, the impact of background questionnaire quality on achievement results, and topics concerning immigrant students at the international level. David teaches courses in educational policy, evaluation, mixed methods and statistics. David has collaborated with or consulted for national and international organizations including the US State Department, USAID, the IEA and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). David has worked on evaluations and projects in over 20 countries to include Afghanistan, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago and the US. 

Positions held

2015-Present     Professor of Educational Measurement, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

2011 – 2015      Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University,

2011 - 2015       Adjunct Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology, Counseling and Educational Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

2011 – 2015      Consultant, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2010-2011         Visiting Lecturer of Education Policy, University of Vienna, Austria

2010 – 2011      Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

2007 – 2009      Research Associate, Research and Analysis Unit, IEA-DPC, Hamburg, Germany    

2005 – 2007      Graduate Instructor, Global Studies in Education, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA

2004 – 2006       Research Assistant, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA


Tags: Global South, USA


Peer Reviewed Articles

        Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Wild, J. (accepted). Poverty and educational achievement in the US: A less biased estimate using PISA 2012 data. Journal of  

       Children and Poverty.


       Rutkowski, D. (in press). Improving international assessment through evaluation. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice.


      Rutkowski, D. &, Rutkowski, L. (2017). Improving background measures in ILSAs. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research.

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2016). The relation between students’ perception of InQua and bullyingvictimization. In . In T. Nilsen and J.E. Gustafsson (Eds.), Teacher quality, instructional quality and student outcome (p. 103-120). Amsterdam: IEA.

Sparks, J., & Rutkowski, D. (2016). Exploring project sustainability: Using a multiperspectival, multidimensional approach to frame inquiry. Development in Practice.26(13), 308-320.

Rutkowski, D. & Delandshere, G. (2016). Causal inferences with large scale assessment data: Using a validity framework. Journal of Large Scale Assessment in Education.

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D., & Zhou, Y. (2015). One size does not fit all: The impact of item parameter differences and estimation methods on cross-cultural achievement comparisons. International Testing Journal, 00, 1-20.

Rutkowski, D. & Wild, J. (2015). Stakes matter: Student motivation and the validity of student assessments for teacher evaluation. Journal of Educational Assessment.20, 165-79.

Rutkowski, D(2015). The OECD and the local: PISA-based Test for Schools in the USA​. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 36(5), 683-699.

Lewis, C. C., Scott, K., Marti, C. N., Marriott, B. R., Kroenke, K., Putz, J. W., … Rutkowski, D. (2015). Implementing measurement-based care (iMBC) for depression in community mental health: a dynamic cluster randomized trial study protocol. Implementation Science, 10(1), 127.

Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. (2014). Complexly calling the shots: The emergence of three international networks in development evaluation. Evaluation. 20(4), 492-508.

Engel, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2014). Global Influences and national definitions of quality education: Examples from Spain and Italy. Policy Futures in Education.12(6). 

Rutkowski, D., Engel, L., & Rutkowski, L. (2014). Unraveled national borders: Assessing inclusion of immigrant students in Europe. Intercultural Education, 25(4), 269-284.

Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., & Rutkowski, L. (2014). Global mobility and rising inequality: A cross-national study of immigration, poverty, and social cohesion. Peabody Journal of Education. 89(1), 123-140.

Rutkowski, D., & Rutkowski, L. (2013). Measuring socioeconomic background in PISA: One size might not fit all. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(3), 259-278.

Rutkowski, L., Rutkowski, D., & Engel, L. (2013). Sharp contrasts at the boundaries: School violence and educational outcomes internationally. Comparative Education Review, 57(2), 232-259.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Plucker, J. (2012). International trends in excellence gaps: A growth modeling perspective. High Ability Studies, 23(2), 143-166.

Rutkowski, L., Rutkowski, D., & Plucker, J. (2012). Determinants of private school choice: Evidence of cream skimming internationally. Educational Research and Evaluation, 18(4), 375-391.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L. & Langfeldt, G. (2012). Reading economics, thinking education: the relevance – and irrelevance – of economic theory for curriculum research. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 44(2), 165-192.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Sparks, J. (2011). ICT Support for 21st Century Teaching: An International Analysis. Journal of School Leadership, 21(2), 190-215.

Rutkowski, D., & Engel, L. (2010). Soft power and hard measures: Large-scale assessment, citizenship and the European Union. European Educational Research Journal, 9(3), 190-215 .

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2010). Getting it ‘better’: The importance of improving background questionnaires in international assessment. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 42(3), 411-430.

Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., & Rutkowski, L. (2009). The harsher side of globalization: Violent conflict and academic achievement. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 7(4), 433-456.

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2009). Trends in TIMSS responses over time: Evidence of global forces in education? Educational Research and Evaluation, 15(2), 137-152.

 Rutkowski, D. (2008). Towards an understanding of educational indicators. Policy Futures in Education, 6(4), 470-481.

Engel, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2008). Globalization and the Asia Pacific: An exploration of efficiency and equality aims of education. Critical Studies in Education, 49(2),

Rutkowski, D. (2007). Converging us softly:  How intergovernmental organizations promote educational policy. Critical Studies in Education, 48(2), 229-247.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., &  von Davier,  M. (2014). An introduction to international large scale assessment. In L. Rutkowski, M. von Davier, & D.

Rutkowski, D.  (Eds.), Handbook of international large-scale assessment: Background, technical issues, and methods of data analysis (pp. 3-9). London: Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Rizvi, F., Britez, R., Pitton, V., & Rutkowski, D. (2007). Brain drain. In D. Fatih (Ed.), The Europa world of learning 2007 (pp. 23-33). London: Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Reports and Briefs

Sandoval, A., Aghakasiri, P., Wild, J., Rutkowski, D. (2013). Does increasing hours of schooling lead to improvements in student learning. IEA Policy Brief. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

OECD. (2013). Conceptual framework for the second Teaching and Learning International Survey. Document commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Paris: OECD.

Rutkowski, L., Rutkowski, D., Plucker, J., & Prusinski, E. (2011). Differential impacts of dual and advanced placement credits on higher education outcomes.  Report commissioned by the Office of the Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy, Indiana University Bloomington.

Rutkowski, D., & Spradlin, T. (2010). Prairie state achievement examination validity study. Chicago, IL: Illinois High School District Superintendents.

Noeth, R., Rutkowski, D., & Schleich, B. (2010). College admission tests as measures of high school accountability: A white paper for state policymakers. Chicago, IL: Illinois High School District Superintendents.

Garden, R., & Rutkowski, D. (2009). Evaluating quality education in Trinidad and Tobago. Port of Spain, Trinidad: Ministry of Education.

Rizvi, F., Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. (2006). Globalization and recent shifts in educational policy in the Asia Pacific: An overview of some critical issues. UNESCO: Bangkok.

Books, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries


Sellar, S., Thompson, G., & Rutkowski, D. (2017). The Global Education Race: Taking the Measure of PISA and International Testing. Victoria: Brush Education.

Rutkowski, L., von Davier, M, & Rutkowski, D. (Eds.). (2014). A handbook of international large-scale assessment: Background, technical issues, and methods of data analysis. London: Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. 

Neuschmidt, O., Barth, J., Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2010). Effective schools in the Arab region: A Multi-level approach using TIMSS 2003 data. In D. Sharpes (Ed.), Handbook on International Studies in Education (pp. 1-26). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Rizvi, F., & Rutkowski, D. (2008). OECD and Education.  In G. McCulloch (Ed.), The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education, (p. 114). Routledge: London and New York.

Rizvi, F. Engel, L. Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. ( 2007). Equality and the politics of globalization in education. In G. Verma, C. R. Bagley, & M. M. Jha (Eds.), International Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusive Education (pp. 3-20). Routledge: London.

     Reports and Other Published Work

Carney, C., Rutkowski, D., & Rutkowski, L. (2015). Indiana educational policy context: The case of the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability     (REPA). Paper commissioned by Indiana University School of Education Policy Council and Long Range Planning Committee.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Plucker, J. (2015). Should individual schools participate in PISA? Some caustions and recomendations for intersted participants. Phi Beta Kappan Magazine. 96: 68-73.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L. & Plucker, J. (2014). What matters is what’s measured—not who measures it.  PDK Blog: Learning on the edge. http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/matters-whats-measured-measures/

Plucker, J., Rutkowski, L. &  Rutkowski, D. (2014: December). Should local districts participate in international assessments. Education Week Blog: Straigt Talk. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2014/12/should_local_districts_participate_in_international_assessments.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

Rutkowski, D. & Wild, J. (2014). Stakes matter: Student motivation and the Validity of student assessments for teacher evaluation. Indiana University.

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2014, March 20). So how overblown were No. 1 Shanghai’s PISA results? Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/20/so-how-overblown-were-no-1-shanghais-pisa-results/

Rutkowski, D. (2014, Feburary 23-25). Poor performing states need more targeted reforms. McClatchy Newspapers. Various cities.

Rutkowski, D., & Rutkowski, L. (2013). Elevating the American Education Debate: Reducing the American education debate to absurdity. Education Week.      

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L. &, Wild, J. (2013). Indiana’s TIMSS 2011 performance: Outperforming much of the world in math and science, but issues remain for gender achievement and high performers. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Brief. Bloomington, IN.

Engel, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2012). UNESCO without funding? Implications for education worldwide. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. Bloomington, IN.   

School of Education Value-Added Task Force. (2011). Using value added models to evaluate teacher preparation programs. White paper prepared at the request of Indiana University Dean Gerardo Gonzalez.

Plucker, J., & Rutkowski, D. (2011, July 5). Running a race against ourselves: Inefficient, ineffective education policy reforms rule the day. Education Week.

Rutkowski, D., & Prusinski, E. (2011). The impact of international large scale assessment. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. Bloomington, IN.

Muller, P., Rutkowski, D., & Isreal, K. (2011) An analysis of internal and external funding of Indiana University Campuses. Internal report for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2010). Private and Public Education: A Cross-National

Exploration with TIMSS 2003. Research Publications: National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, 192. Columbia University. Retrieved from http://ncspe.org/list-papers.php

Spradlin, T., Burroughs, N., Rutkowski, D., & Lang, J. (2010). College presistence and completion strategies: Opportunities for scaling up. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. Bloomington, IN.

Spradlin, T., Rutkowski, D., Burroughs, N., & Lang, J. (2010). Effective college access, persistence and completion programs, and strategies for underrepresented student populations: Opportunities for scaling up. Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Indianapolis, IN.

Rutkowski, D., & Gonzalez, E. (2009). Report on the results from a TIMSS data analysis workshop sponsored by the Arab Bureau for Education. Riyad Saudi Arabia: Arab Bureau for Education.

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