ELTiS Authors and Advisory Board

Sari Luoma, Ph.D., Vice President of Assessment
Dr. Luoma has worked in the second language testing field in Europe and the United States for more than 20 years. In addition to test development, she has designed in-service teacher training programs and taught courses on language test development, computer-assisted assessment, and the use of assessment in support of learning. She received a master’s degree in second/foreign language education and a doctorate in language testing from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Her special interests in testing include test validation and the assessment of speaking. She is the author of Assessing Speaking (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

George Seretis, M.S., Psychometric Specialist
Mr. Seretis received his M.S. in applied statistics at Columbia University in New York City, NY. During his studies, he worked as a statistics instructor for Teacher’s College, Columbia University and as a consultant and statistical analyst in the New York area. He worked for Ballard & Tighe, Publishers as a psychometric specialist for six years, and now currently works for Ballard & Tighe as a psychometrics consultant. Mr. Seretis’ academic interests include mathematical modeling, educational assessment, and decision theory.

Yeonsuk Cho, Ph.D., received her M.A. in teaching ESL and doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in language testing. Her special interest is in assessing writing, and in the course of her Ph.D., she developed the writing section of the ESL Placement Test for the University of Illinois. After receiving her degree, Dr. Cho worked as an assessment specialist at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and then at Ballard & Tighe, Publishers. She currently works in the Research Department at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, NJ.

ELTiS Advisory Board

Alison Bailey, Ed.D.Alison Bailey, Ed.D.
An associate professor of psychological studies in education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Alison Bailey is also a faculty associate researcher for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST), and the co-chair of the ESL in bilingual education Special Interest Group of the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE).

Frances Butler, Ph.D.Frances Butler, Ph.D.
Frances Butler is a senior research associate and language testing specialist for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST). She leads test development projects and related research that focus on both K-12 and adult language minority populations.

Madhabi Chatterji, Ph.D.Madhabi Chatterji, Ph.D.
Madhabi Chatterji is an associate professor of measurement, evaluation, and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has more than 10 years of experience conducting evaluations of K-12 education systems. Dr. Chatterji currently teaches graduate courses in evaluation methods and theory, introductory measurement, and instrument design and validation. Her publications include several articles in national measurement journals and a recent book, Designing and Using Tools for Educational Assessment (Allyn & Bacon, 2003), where she presents a four-phase procedural model for instrument design and construct validation.

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D.Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Margo Gottlieb is director of assessment and evaluation for the Illinois Resource Center and lead developer for a consortium of states devoted to creating enhanced assessments for English language learners. Having extensive experience as a teacher, consultant, and test designer, she works with states, school districts, organizations and publishers in the development of assessment systems. Dr. Gottlieb serves on national advisory panels on assessment, is widely published, and has presented nationally and internationally.

Anne Katz, Ph.D.Anne Katz, Ph.D.
An independent consultant in the area of language testing and standards development, Anne Katz is currently leading the qualitative component of a federally funded research project, “A Study of Content Area Assessment for English Language Learners.” As a senior research associate for ARC Associates, Dr. Katz was responsible for a series of efforts relevant to language minority students.

Joyce Lancaster, Ed.D.Joyce Lancaster, Ed.D.
An educational sales consultant for Ballard & Tighe, Joyce Lancaster was a tenured professor of education at Emerson College, Boston. She also directed an ESL tutoring program in Boston and co-authored Guidebook for the Reading Tour.

Margaret E. Malone, Ph.D.Margaret E. Malone, Ph.D.
Prior to becoming a senior testing associate in the Language Testing Division at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Margaret E. (Meg) Malone directed language testing for Peace-Corps-Worldwide and designed and delivered technical assistance to language programs in numerous states. Dr. Malone has taught graduate-level courses in language testing and teaching methods at Georgetown University and American University.

Charlene Rivera, Ph.D.Charlene Rivera, Ed.D.
Charlene Rivera serves as research professor and executive director of The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education (GW/CEEE). In her leadership capacity, Dr. Rivera directs several national projects, key among these the Region III Comprehensive Center (R3CC). The R3CC is one of 15 federally funded technical assistance centers that support educators at state, district, and school levels. In addition to its technical assistance and professional development roles, a primary emphasis of the CEEE Dr. Rivera directs is to conduct research and evaluation studies for K-12 educators. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), Dr. Rivera is currently completing A National Review of State Assessment Policy and Practice for English Language Learners.

Richard Smith, Ph.D.Richard Smith, Ph.D.
A senior psychometrician at Data Recognition Corporation in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Richard Smith is a renowned expert in the application of Rasch measurement models, applying them to classroom assessment, large scale assessment, college admission testing programs, and professional licensure and certification. Dr. Smith is the founding editor of the Journal of Outcome Measurement as well as the Journal of Applied Measurement. To date he has authored two books on Rasch measurement, and edited a third. He has published 40 articles in peer review journals, and presented the results of his research at more than 100 conferences throughout the world since 1979.

James Stack, Ph.D.James Stack, Ph.D.
James Stack is currently supervisor of the district assessment and accountability office for the San Francisco Unified School District. Previously, he served in a range of capacities—as a research specialist, curriculum specialist, bilingual/ESL teacher, and resource teacher—in the San Francisco Unified School District. He also has taught at the university level in the United States and abroad, served as an educational consultant, published numerous articles, and presented many conference presentations. Dr. Stack is the past secretary/treasurer of the California Educational Research Association (CERA) and currently serves as chair of the Teacher Education Committee of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL).

ELTiS Researchers

Gary Buck, Ph.D.
Rene Jourdenais, Ph.D.
Meggan Luce, M.A.
Jill Kinkade, M.A.
Robin Stevens, M.A.
Jean Turner, Ph.D.