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Sania Zaidi

Research Assistant Professor

Learning Sciences Research Institute


Building & Room:

1570-L SSB


1240 W. Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-1698


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Sania Zaidi is a Research Assistant Professor at LSRI. Sania’s research
interests are in the design and evaluation of learning environments and
assessment interventions in K-12 science. Her research focuses particularly
on technology-based formative assessments in science. She has worked on
designing NGSS-aligned formative assessments for elementary and middle
school students. Sania has also worked with the College Board in the
redesign of the Advanced Placement Biology assessments for high school
students. At LSRI, Sania is part of the Next Generation Science Assessment
(NGSA) group and works on projects focussed on both the middle and the
upper elementary grade bands. On the NGSA projects, Sania co-leads the
development of assessment tasks, the design of rubrics for research use and
practitioner use, and conducts classroom-based research on the use of the
designed assessment tasks. Sania works closely with researchers and
teachers in the design of the assessment products. Sania is also part of
the team that is tasked with designing large scale assessments for the
state of Illinois. Sania leads the middle school teams in the design of
these assessments.

Selected Grants

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (2019-2021), Equipping Middle School Teachers with Resources to Monitor the Progress of Their Students’ Science Learning, Senior Investigator

National Science Foundation (2018-2022), Collaborative Research: Building Elementary Teacher' Capacity in Enacting Multi-Dimensional Science Instruction and Assessment, Senior Investigator

Illinois State Board of Education through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2020-2022), Illinois Science Assessment Partnership- Item Development and Scoring, Middle School Lead


2016 - PhD, University of Michigan, Educational Studies
2011 - MS, International Institute of Information Technology, Computational Natural Sciences
2010 - BS, International Institute of Information Technology, Computer Science Engineering
2007- BS, St. Xavier's College Mumbai, Physics