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Javier Suárez-Álvarez is an Associate Professor in the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP) program and Associate Director of the Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). Since its inception in 2021, he has been part of the Adult Skills Assessment Program (ASAP) leadership team, a collaborative project funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences to improve the assessment of adult skills for learners, educators, and employers. He is Associate Editor of the highly-cited APA's Psychological Assessment journal and Psicothema.

Prior to joining UMass, Javier was an Education Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. He was the lead author of the PISA report 21st-Century Readers: Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World, co-authored the report Beyond Academic Learning: First Results from the Survey of Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) and its Assessment Framework, led analytical reports in the International Early Learning and Well-being Study (IELS), and contributed to implementing PISA-based Test for Schools in Latin-American countries. Furthermore, he was responsible for overseeing the quality control and successful implementation of these international large-scale assessments, collaborating closely with contractors and participating countries.

Before joining the OECD, Javier was a teaching and research staff member at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oviedo, Spain. He worked as an analyst in the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Javier holds a B.A in Psychology and a PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Oviedo, Spain. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, and the Psychometrics Centre of the University of Cambridge, UK.

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