Tonya R. Moon

Professor Chair; UVa IRB-SBS


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1994
  • M.Ed., University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 1991
  • B.S., University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 1985

Tonya R. Moon, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, and Co-Director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic Diversity. Her research and teaching interests include the use of student data for supporting students’ academic needs. She works with educators nationally and internationally in the area of assessment to better address the academic diversity of today’s classrooms through differentiated instruction. She and Carol A. Tomlinson are co-authors on the book Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Students Success ASCD). Moon, Brighton, and Tomlinson are also co-authors on a recently released book, Using Differentiated Classroom Assessment to Enhance Student Learning (Routledge)

Research Interests


Major research interests include issues associated with accountability, including the effects of high-stakes testing on classrooms, teachers, and students; assessment of gifted children, program evaluation, and research methodology.