Megan Montee is the Director of Performance-based Language Assessment in CAL’s Language Assessment Division. She is particularly interested in computer-based speaking assessment, and led CAL’s work developing the computer-based speaking test for WIDA ACCESS 2.0. Dr. Montee leads projects related to test development, research and test validation, and rubrics and scoring for performance-based language assessments.
In addition to test development and assessment research projects, Dr. Montee also works extensively with educators. She has led online and face-to-face courses on language assessment and test design, and works with schools to develop assessment tools and training materials for local contexts. Dr. Montee also serves as the Associate Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center at Georgetown University.
Dr. Montee received a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Georgia State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Oklahoma.
CAL is supporting the second language learning and instructional strategy for a multi-year early grades reading project in Djibouti.
CAL researchers have developed a native language assessment tool for students of the Choctaw language in Mississippi. The project, "Annopa Tikbishtiya," or "Carry the Language Forward," is ensuring that the language flourishes and grows from generation to generation. "When you see a student demonstrate [proficiency in the language], it gives hope." -Jason Lewis
Researchers at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) have developed online courses for parents and educators to aid in creating and sustaining effective ELPACs, or English Learner Parent Advisory Councils, impacting over 20% of public school districts in Massachusetts.
On August 7, the Department of Education announces the approval of BEST Plus 2.0 and BEST Literacy through February, 2023.
Participants will learn more about the current state of language assessment literacy and ways to improve language assessment, teaching and learning.