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Wilma Kippers, MSc. - researcher


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Wilma Kippers, MSc is a PhD candidate at ELAN, Department of Teacher Development in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences of the University of Twente. Wilma’s research focuses on data-based decision making and formative assessment. She has presented at several conferences, including AERA (American Educational Research Association), ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement), and ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen). She has published about the use of (assessment) data in international and national journals, and wrote a chapter in the Dutch book “Toetsrevolutie: naar een feedbackcultuur in het voortgezet onderwijs”, published by Phronese.

Work experience

Feb. 2018 – present                        Postdoc Researcher at the University of Twente

Postdoc Researcher on the 3-year FORMAS Erasmus+ KA3 project “Promoting Formative Assessment:  From Theory to Policy and Practice (FORMAS). The project is financed by the European  Commission. Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, and The Netherlands collaborate in this project.

Feb. 2015 – present                        PhD candidate at the University of Twente

PhD research about formative assessment in secondary education: data-based decision making, assessment for learning, and diagnostic testing. The first study focuses on teachers’ self-report on the use of data-based decision making and assessment for learning. The second and third study are about a data use professional development intervention, by focusing on (1) educators’ data literacy and (2) how educators take educational action in the classroom. The fourth study focuses on how subject matter experts, teachers and students use a computerized adaptive test for formative purposes.

Sept. 2014 – Feb. 2015                   Junior Researcher at the University of Twente

Wilma worked on three educational projects of the University of Twente. First, she coached secondary schools in developing plans to supervise teachers during their first three years as a teacher, for example, by organizing meetings with and training programs for those schools (BSL). Second, she contributed to research regarding the project Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), for example, by analyzing and coding logs, and interviewing teachers. Third, she contributed to research regarding the project Datateams, for example, by analyzing tests.

2010 – 2013                                         Internships as a teacher for primary education

Wilma has completed five internships in three different primary education schools. She taught in Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5 and Grade 6.


  • Teacher Bachelor Honours Programme University of Twente – Instructional Design (2017 – current)
  • Involved in different courses: Formative Assessment Traineeship (BSL), Educational Sciences 2 (ELAN), Trending Topics (Master EST), Assessment, monitoring, and improving student and school performance (Master EST), TOM module ‘learning in the classroom’.
  • Supervisor Masters student (2015 – 2017)
  • Guest lectures Formative Assessment – Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (2016 – current)


In 2013, I finished the Bachelor Teacher Training College (PABO) at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. My graduation project focused on research into Learning Comprehension and motivation of students in primary education. In 2014, I finished the Master Educational Sciences and Technology at the University of Twente. My graduation project focused on research into important school organizational characteristics for implementing data-based decision making in primary education.