WIDA Director of Psychometrics and Research
Dr. Sato’s work has focused on equity and on the learning and achievement of students, particularly those who are linguistically and culturally diverse, as well as students with disabilities in our U.S. schools and internationally. She is an experienced Peer Reviewer of State Assessments for the U.S. Department of Education and serves on several state and national technical advisory committees and advisory boards. Her recent research has focused on academic English language processes, opportunity structures and cultural responsiveness, and assessment fairness and validity with particular interest in alternative and innovative assessment tasks and models and their implications for measuring what multilingual learners and students with disabilities know and can do. She strives to conduct research that is timely, relevant, and meaningful to inform practice and policy.
Dr. Sato received both her masters and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.