Shu Jing Yen is the Senior Director of Psychometrics and Quantitative Research at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). CAL has been WIDA’s language assessment partner since 2003.

Shu Jing Yen is the senior director of psychometrics and quantitative research at the Center for Applied Linguistics. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, before moving to the United States to earn a masters and Ph.D. in Measurement, Applied Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Maryland. In her role, she oversees the psychometric work for ACCESS for ELLs and other language assessments in CAL.

Shu Jing has more than 20 years of experience in developing innovative educational assessments. She gained considerable experience in all aspects of designing, developing and analyzing large scale, high stakes K-12 assessments at CTB/McGraw-Hill and Maryland State Department of Education. After joining CAL, she is denoted in solving the various technical challenges as relates to language assessments. Her most recent publication to appear on Language Assessment Quarterly is about using multistage adaptive test to enhance measurement of ACCESS for ELLs® Listening and Reading domains.

The Language Assessment division of CAL has been WIDA’s language assessment partner since WIDA’s inception in 2003. Over the past two decades, CAL has worked with WIDA to guide research and development for WIDA's suite of assessments, including WIDA MODEL, one of the primary assessments used by WIDA International School Consortium members. CAL actively develops new content for ACCESS for ELLs and collaborates with WIDA on assessment projects including Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, and WIDA MODEL. In these collaborative efforts, CAL develops new test content and conducts test production and layout activities such as the creation of the graphic content for WIDA’s assessments and producing paper test forms. CAL also conducts the annual psychometric analyses for both ACCESS Online and ACCESS Paper.

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