William Dardick

William Dardick
Associate Professor, Educational Research
(202) 994-1980

Prior to his role at GSEHD, Dr. Dardick worked as a Branch Supervisor Psychometrician for the United States Food and Drug Admission (USFDA) and as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland, College Park. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of psychometric and statistical consulting having worked for government, institutional and private organizations.

Dr. Dardick works with the Center for the Advancement of Research in Distance Education (CARDE) supporting assessment and quantitative research for online schools. Dr. Dardick remains very active in the applied world of assessment and psychometrics with a current focus on certification and certificate programs as a psychometric assessor for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and acts as adviser on outside programs (e.g., The International Food Protection Training Institute).

His research interests involve the development of educational tests and psychological instruments under the Evidence Centered Design (ECD) framework using advanced assessment techniques, data mining and cognitive science as they relate to learning and education, the advancement of psychometric and statistical methods of advanced Multi-Dimensional Item Theoretic Models.

EdFix Podcast - Episode 3: The Power and Potential of Positive Psychology for Students with Disabilities Is it possible to teach students to develop traits such as optimism, growth mindset, hope, perseverance, and resilience to help improve well-being and educational outcomes? Dr. Beth Tuckwiller and Dr. William Dardick talk about their joint research into the field of positive psychology--its potential for changing students' experiences in the classroom and the challenges of measuring its subjective factors.
Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park
M.A., Towson University
B.S., Towson University


Tuckwiller, E. D. & Dardick, W. R. (2018). Mindset, grit, optimism, pessimism, and life satisfaction in university students with and without anxiety and/or depression. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 6(2), 32-48.

Tuckwiller, E. D., & Dardick, W. R. (2015). Positive psychology and secondary transition for children with disabilities: A new theoretical framework. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 4(1), 3-20.

In the News

Dr. William Dardick gives Ecology of Education lecture. Watch the recorded livestream video.

Drs. Brandi A. Weiss and William R. Dardick presented their research, Detecting Differential Item Functioning with Entropy in Logistic Regression, at the Frontiers in Educational Measurement Conference at The University of Oslo, Norway.

Dr. William Dardick co-authored a presentation (with Elizabeth Methratta) entitled "Offshore windfarms as artificial reefs: A meta-analysis of European studies and implications for offshore wind development in the U.S." which they presented at the 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Atlantic City, NJ.

Dr. Beth Tuckwiller's and Dr. William Dardick's article, "Mindset, Grit, Optimism, Pessimism and Life Satisfaction in University Students With and Without Anxiety and/or Depression" was accepted to the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.

Drs. Beth Tuckwiller and William Dardick and GSEHD doctoral student Elisabeth Kutscher (Special Education and Disability Studies), had their article "A Mixed Methods Investigation of Mindset, Grit, Optimism, and Self-Determination in Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and Differences" accepted in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal.