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Stephen O'Connell

Assistant Director of Test Development

As Assistant Director of Test Development at WIDA, Stephen works on the WIDA suite of assessments, though primarily focusing on annual processes for content development, rater training, and ensuring platform functionality for ACCESS for ELLs Online. He also participates in new assessment and assessment revision projects.
Stephen has taught EFL in South Korea, ESL in New York City, and has over ten years of experience with high-stakes test development, working for Harcourt Assessment, the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute, and most recently, Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments. Stephen holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include investigating how best to assess L2 speaking and listening abilities and the validity of test score interpretations.