Spotlight: Alicia Kim
Ahyoung "Alicia" Kim is a researcher for the WIDA assessment team. Alicia holds an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics and an Ed.M. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She conducts validation research of ACCESS for ELLs and other WIDA language assessments. Her research interests include language assessment, child bilingualism, second language literacy development, and computer-assisted language learning.
Prior to joining WIDA, Alicia was a post-doctoral fellow with a focus on child bilingualism at Cornell University. She has also led research on large-scale English proficiency exams at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. Over the years, she has taught TESOL and ESL courses in the U.S. and abroad.
Over the past year, Alicia was part of the team that examined how WIDA MODEL is used in international schools. During this study Alicia and her teammates enjoyed interviewing international educators as a follow up to the initial online survey. She found it eye-opening to learn how educators administer the WIDA MODEL, hear their feedback on the content of the assessment, and understand the use of the scores within international contexts. She looks forward to using this feedback for future versions on WIDA MODEL.
You can meet Alicia at the New Directions Conference in Japan in December. She and her colleagues will be presenting their paper: Making Identification and Placement Decisions for K-12 English Learners in US Public Schools.