Ellen Forte, Ph.D.

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Ellen Forte, Ph.D., is CEO & Chief Scientist at edCount, LLC. Dr. Forte’s work focuses on validity evaluation involving construct interpretation and representation in assessments and instructional resources, as well as policies for how students, including those with disabilities and English learners, engage in instructional and assessment contexts.

Over the past several years, Dr. Forte has served as a senior advisor to several large assessment projects funded by the US Department of Education including the Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-Scale Science Assessments (SCILLSS) project funded by an Enhanced Assessment Grant in 2017; the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment consortium of 24 states; the Evaluating the Validity of English Language Proficiency Assessments Enhanced Assessment project; the review of Language Instruction Educational Programs; and the National Evaluation of Title III. She assisted the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University and Puerto Rico in building their first systems of standards and assessments, and has served on federal peer review panels for education standards and assessments, accountability systems, state longitudinal data systems, and graduation rates.

Dr. Forte holds positions on the Technical Advisory Committees for Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, ACT, Curriculum Associates, and Project Lead the Way as well as on the editorial boards for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Applied Measurement in Education, and the NCME Newsletter. She serves on the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Mission Fund Committee and recently served on the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division D (Measurement) Mentoring Committee. She wrote The Administrators’ Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners, which was published in its second edition in 2017 and addresses intersections among civil rights laws, education policy, and measurement and evaluation issues. She has written dozens of book chapters, monographs, and journal articles on measurement and policy topics and has the privilege to serve as a mentor to women and small business owners in our field.

Dr. Forte founded edCount in 2003 after serving as the Title I evaluator in the Connecticut Department of Education, the Director of Student Assessment for the Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a project director with vendors in the teacher certification and student assessment sectors.