Barbara Buckley

Professional Title
Senior Research Associate
About Me (Bio)
Barbara Buckley is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program, and has diverse experience in educational and research uses of information technologies for model-based teaching, learning and assessment in science education (biology specialist) including the design and development of interactive multimedia curricula, instructional materials, simulation-based assessments, and large-scale classroom-based research.
Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Buckley was a research scientist at the Concord Consortium, playing a central role in the Modeling Across the Curriculum Project (IERI #0115699). At TERC, she contributed to the GLOBE and Global Lab projects. Dr. Buckley also serves occasionally as an external evaluator for technology-rich science education projects.

The goal of this project is to develop and validate a middle school physical science assessment strand composed of four suites of simulation-based assessments for integrating into balanced (use of multiple measures), large-scale accountability science testing systems. It builds on the design templates, technical infrastructure, and evidence of the technical quality, feasibility, and instructional utility of the NSF-funded Calipers II project. The evaluation plan addresses both formative and summative aspects.


This project leverages curricular module development to design, develop, and test new cyberlearning modules that integrate multiple (circulation, respiration, and digestion) systems of the human body. The project aims to deepen science content knowledge, science inquiry skills, and model-based reasoning skills for high school biology students. The project will use simulations showing how individual systems function, how they work together, and how the integration of all three creates a dynamic and reactive biological system.