WIDA International Programs welcomes Mark Chapman!

Mark Chapman, a member of the WIDA Assessment team, is moving into a new role this month with the WIDA International School Consortium.

Mark Chapman served as the WIDA Assessment team’s director of test development for the past four years. During that time, Mark led the team’s work to research, design and develop new English language proficiency tests. In September, Mark moved into a new role at WIDA as senior assessment innovation manager that includes a focus on assessment innovation and providing support to the WIDA International School Consortium. Mark will be the first member of the WIDA Assessment team to work directly with the WIDA International School Consortium. As part of his transition, Mark will relocate from Madison to Japan, where he previously lived for more than 10 years and where he worked as an English teacher — most recently at Hokkaido University.

Mark is excited to begin his new role and plans to focus on how to better connect WIDA resources to international users familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). In addition, Mark is very excited to get to know WIDA International School Consortium members and build his knowledge of what educators and administrators most need from WIDA assessments. Mark will be contributing to the new series of Deep-Dive webinars later this year and would love to hear from educators and administrators across our international school network. If you have questions about using WIDA assessments in your school, or just want to say hi (or hajimemashite!), you can reach him at mark.chapman@wisc.edu