Mark ChapmanMark Chapman, Director of Test Development, is responsible for leading the development of new WIDA assessments and for the annual production of new content for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. He works closely with WIDA's test development partner, the Center for Applied Linguistics on a variety of test development projects and also supports WIDA's assessment research validation agenda. 

Mark led the WIDA development team that created WIDA Screener. Collaborating with the Center for Applied Linguistics, he directed the development of the new assessment, the creation of the test documentation and training materials, and brought the test to market, successfully launching in the United States in 2016 and internationally in 2017. In 2018 WIDA Screener was administered to over 300,000 students both in the United States and internationally.

Mark is currently working on a number of research and development projects that focus on the WIDA MODEL assessment. He is leading a development project to refresh the test content on WIDA MODEL Online, in collaboration with WIDA partners MetriTech and the Center for Applied Linguistics. He is also directing research projects that will help WIDA better understand the relationships between MODEL scores and scores on other WIDA assessments. In addition, he has also led a study to collect and analyze feedback from the WIDA International Consortium on the uses of WIDA MODEL in international schools. This project has helped WIDA better understand which aspects of the assessment work well for schools and where the test needs to be improved.

Mark previously served as the Associate Director of Assessment with the University of Michigan’s English as a Second Language testing program. He also spent more than a decade teaching English in Japan, most recently at Hokkaido University. He has a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in second language writing assessment from the Center for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) at the University of Bedfordshire (U.K.). 

You can meet Mark at the ELLSA conference in Bangkok, Thailand on January 26-27, 2019. In addition to chatting at the WIDA booth, Mark will be presenting two workshops:

  • Connecting WIDA English Language Development Standards to WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessments
  • Using WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessments as a Comprehensive System
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