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LTRC 2019 Keynote Speakers
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On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for LTRC 2019, 4-8 March, in Atlanta, Georgia. We are grateful to ETS and the British Council for their sponsorship of these annual awards.

Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture

Sponsored by Educational Testing Service

Dr. Joan Herman, UCLA Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

Joan Herman is Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, where she currently serves as senior research scientist. Her research has explored the effects of testing on schools and the design of assessment systems to support school planning and instructional improvement. Her recent work focuses on the validity and utility of teachers’ formative assessment practices and the assessment of deeper learning She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform.

Dr. Herman is noted in bridging research and practice. Among her books are Turnaround Toolkit; and A Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment, both of which have been popular resources for schools across the country. A former teacher and school board member, Dr. Herman also has published extensively in research journals and is a frequent speaker to policy audiences on evaluation and assessment topics. She is past president of the California Educational Research Association; has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association, National Organization of Research Centers, and Knowledge Alliance; and is a frequent contributor at the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC). An elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Herman is current editor of Educational Assessment, served on the Joint Committee for the Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and is a member NRC’s Board on Testing and Assessment. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded an MA and Ed.D in Learning and Instruction from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Alan Davies Lecture

Sponsored by The British Council

Dr. Cathie Elder, University of Melbourne

Dr. Elder is Principal Fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and a former Director (2007-12) of the Language Testing Research Centre (of which Alan Davies was the founding Director). In the latter role she led a number of major research and development projects on LSP testing and on school- and industry-based language standards/assessment frameworks. She also held senior academic positions at Monash University (2004-6) and at the University of Auckland (2000-2004), where she set up the university-wide Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELA) program.

Dr. Elder served as Chair of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton from 2006 to 2008 and as co-editor of Language Testing from 2007 to 2011. She was a founding member and co-president (2013) of the Australian Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) and President of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) (2017-2018).

Dr. Elder has been teaching and researching in the areas of language testing assessment and program evaluation for nearly 30 years, publishing widely in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and contributing to major reference works in the field. She collaborated with Alan Davies on the Dictionary of Language Testing (CUP 1999) and on the Handbook of Applied Linguistics (Blackwell 2004) ) and with her colleagues at the Language Testing Research Centre produced a festschrift in Alan’s honour entitled Experimenting with Uncertainty (CUP 2001). Her PhD research, completed in 1997, considered questions of fairness in the use of common school-based examinations for language learners from heritage and non-heritage language backgrounds. She has an abiding interest in the thorny issue of construct definition in language assessment and how language proficiency is construed by various stakeholders in the assessment enterprise, including teachers, university admissions officers, academics from different disciplines, health professionals, aviation personnel, lawyers and politicians.


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