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The East Coast Organization of Language Testers

ECOLT 2007

Current Practices in Language Testing

Dorry Kenyon


Director of the Language Testing Division at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

Dorry M. Kenyon (PhD, Measurement, Applied Statistics and Evaluation, University of Maryland; MA, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, American University in Cairo) is the Director of the Language Testing Division at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. At CAL he directs a variety of projects related to the assessment of the English language and foreign language skills of language learners spanning the ages of pre-school to adult. He also serves as CAL’s chief psychometrician and the leader of CAL’s Quantitative Research Team.

Since joining CAL in 1987, Dr. Kenyon has gained considerable experience in all aspects of designing, developing, validating, and operationalizing language tests, particularly assessments of oral proficiency, through many large projects at the state and national level. Recent major projects include directing the development of a computer-assisted oral assessment for adult English language learners (BEST Plus), used nationally for the National Reporting System (adult ed federal accountability program); and directing the development of ACCESS for ELLs, an integrated standards-based assessment system to assess the English language development of English language learners in K-12 in speaking, listening, reading and writing for the 15-state WIDA consortium (used to assess about 425,000 students annually).

Dr. Kenyon has also served on several national boards and recently was a member of the Steering Committee for the Revision of the NAEP Writing Framework. He is currently serving as a member of the Defense Language Testing Advisory Board (DELTAB). Active in research on language testing, Dr. Kenyon is particularly interested in the application of new technology to language assessment problems. Prior to joining CAL, he taught German and English as a Foreign/Second Language for seven years in the United States and abroad.