Justin R. Kelly, PhD

Senior Director, Test Development

Dr. Kelly is the Senior Director for the Language Assessment Department at CAL. He oversees the development of the test materials and the integration of the test development team with other teams at CAL and with external partners. He has years of experience managing all aspects of test development, from the development of test and item specifications, through the item development and review process, to the test validation phase.

Before coming to CAL, Dr. Kelly was a test developer, test development manager, and the Director of Business Operations at Second Language Testing, Inc., where he worked on many high-profile projects such as the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), the Pearson Test of English, and a number of tests for the federal government. Dr. Kelly received his B.A. in Applied Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University. 




Assessing Multilingual Learners for Success

2:00 - 3:30pm

As the number of multilingual learners in educational contexts in both the US and abroad increases, a key question for educational stakeholders is how best to assess these learners who bring multiple linguistic repertoires to the classroom in ways that contribute to their academic success. In this symposium, our panelists will explore what a multilingual orientation to language assessment might look like. We will explore what multilingual approaches to assessment exist in large-scale standardized assessments in both the United States and overseas, how educators and teachers support their multilingual learners using assessment, and which contexts are well-suited for the introduction of multilingual approaches to assessment.