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Phone: 703-993-5047
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2106
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Varier teaches graduate level courses in education research, assessment, and program evaluation at George Mason University. Dr. Varier received her Ph.D. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her research is focused on educational assessment, specifically examining ways to use assessments to support learning and instruction. She is currently a researcher on an IES funded researcher-practitioner partnership project that supports K-12 teachers' assessment data use to inform instructional practice. She is also an evaluator on the Richmond Teacher Residency program evaluation funded by the US Department of Education. Dr. Varier has presented her work at national and international educational research conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Evaluation Association (AEA), and the International Association of Educational Assessment (IAEA). 

Research Interests

  • Educational Assessments
  • K-12 Teachers Assessment and Data Literacy
  • The role of assessments in learning and instruction
  • Technology based learning and instruction
  • Application of sociocultural theoretical framework to assessment
  • Application of cognition and motivation to assessment
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Program Evaluation

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Recent Publications

Varier, D., Dumke, E., Conklin, S., Abrams, L., Barnes, J., & Hoover, N. (2017). Potential of one-to-one computing in the classroom: Teachers and students weigh in. Educational Technology, Research & Development. DOI: 10.1007/s11423- 017-9509-2

Abrams, L., Varier, D., & Jackson, L. (2017). Unpacking instructional alignment: The influence of teachers’ use of assessment data on teaching and learning. Online

McMillan, J.H., Venable, J.C., & Varier, D. (2012). Studies of the effect of formative assessment on student achievement: So much more is needed. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation. Online

Varier, D. (2015). A case study examining formative assessment in a postsecondary English language program. Online