Educational Testing Service

November 20, 2009 10:38 ET

ETS's Wendy Yen Receives 2009 CERA Lifetime Achievement Award

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 20, 2009) - Educational Testing Service is proud to announce that Wendy Yen, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2009 California Educational Research Association Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career has been distinguished by outstanding contributions to the field of education in the areas of research, assessment, practice and/or policy.

Dr. Yen joined ETS in 2000 as a Distinguished Presidential Appointee for K-12 Statistical Analysis. Prior to joining ETS, she was Vice President of Research at CTB/McGraw-Hill, where she had worked since 1974. At CTB she oversaw the technical quality of all their published assessments, including the widely used TerraNova, CAT, CTBS and Supera achievement batteries.

ETS's General Manager of Statistical Analysis & Psychometric Research, Dianne Henderson-Montero says, "Dr. Yen's unique and significant contributions are recognized throughout the measurement community; have been judged to be of the highest quality by her peers; and have formed the basis for much of the psychometric work that is currently executed in K-12 testing programs, products and services."

Over the course of her distinguished career she has served as President of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Trustee of the Psychometric Society, on committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Assessment Governing Board, as Editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, and as Associate Editor of Psychometrika. She has also provided technical guidance for customized assessment programs in 25 states and consulted on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

"Dr. Yen's body of work on growth models for California's STAR program is one of the primary reasons we at ETS are able to differentiate ourselves as client thought partners," ETS STAR Program Executive Director Susan Swann says. "Dr. Yen is one of those rare individuals whose candor, intellect, and keen perception of state policy concerns have allowed her to command the respect of both the State Board of Education and the California Department of Education."

In addition, Yen is a frequent discussant at annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is the co-author of "Introduction to Measurement Theory," which has been in print for more than 25 years, and author of over 100 professional presentations and publications, primarily in the areas of item response theory, scaling and equating.

Yen holds a Ph.D. in mathematical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned a master's degree in applied statistics and a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Last year, Yen was the recipient of the 2008 E. F. Lindquist award for lifetime contributions to testing and measurement.

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At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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