April L. Zenisky

April L. Zenisky received her doctorate in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies in English and psychology at Amherst College. Her specialty area is psychometrics and her doctoral dissertation evaluated the effects of selected multi-stage testing design variables on the psychometric quality of licensure exams. She is a nationally renowned expert in the areas of large-scale assessment and computer-based testing. Her research has been published in Applied Measurement in Education, the Journal of Educational Measurement, and in several books and encyclopedias related to measurement and educational research. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for the Center for Educational Assessment at UMass, and Director of Computer-Based Testing Initiatives, where she is currently working on the comprehensive evaluation of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and assists with work on the development of new computer-based tests for adult basic education programs in Massachusetts. April's research interests include innovative item types for computer-based testing, performance assessment, and computerized test designs.

October 3, 2006

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