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Theodore Christ

Professor and Director
MA, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology
343 EdSciB
56 East River Rd

Office hours:
by appointment

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Areas of Interest

Dr. Christ is interested in (a) educators use of data, (b) technology to support the use of data, (c) implications of data, (d) evidence-based instruction, and (d) improved student outcomes

Roles and Contributions

Dr. Christ is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) and Formative Assessment System for Teachers Lab (FAST Lab). He is the Co-Director of the Research Institute for Problem Solving (RIPS). He and the University of Minnesota partnered to establish FastBridge Learning, which supports the distribution and use of the Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST).  

Brief Biography (see UMN Experts)

Dr. Christ is the Yackel Professor of Assessment and Measurement in Educational Psychology, Co-Director of the Research Institute on Problem Solving, and Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), which are all located at the University of Minnesota. He is engaged in the development, evaluation, and refinement of assessments and guidance to use data to improve educational systems, professional practices, and student outcomes.

He and his colleagues received more than $12 million in funding from the US Department of Education to research and development. Dr. Christ has more than 60 peer refereed publications, 12 authored tests, and 100 national peer reviewed presentations. He consults with federal, state and nongovernmental agencies and is the Founder and Chief Scientifics Officer of FastBridge Learning, which supports and distributes the Formative Assessment System for Teachers, or FAST. FAST originated from research at the University of Minnesota and is now used in 40 states around the country and internationally. There were more than 9 million administration of FAST in the 2015-16 academic year. He serves on a host of editorial boards where he contributes his expertise with regard to data use in schools. Dr. Christ received the 2008 Lightner Witmer Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career scholarship.

His leadership at CAREI supports their mission to improve the quality of education for all learners, and thereby society as a whole. CAREI has more than 45 affiliated school districts. CAREI has four service offerings: 1) evaluation, 2) research and analytics, 3) assessment, and 4) innovation & outreach. As applied researchers and evaluators, the people at CAREI believe they can have an immediate impact on our communities. Accordingly, they listen to and work with educational leaders and partners to understand their experiences and their challenges. Dr. Christ and the CAREI team seek to impact 80% of Minnesota students within five years.