Ellen Forte, Ph.D.

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Dr. Forte is the CEO and Chief Scientist at edCount, LLC, and a respected authority on assisting state and local education agencies in the successful interpretation and implementation of education policies.

Dr. Forte serves as the Chief Validity Evaluator for the National Centers and State Collaborative (NCSC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education, which is developing an alternate assessment as well as related curricula and professional development modules. She is the chief policy advisor to the National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University on its implementation of standards, assessments, and accountability mechanisms as required under the 2008 Education of the Deaf Act, and served as the Principal Investigator for validity evaluation projects for the alternate academic assessments in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, the federally-funded Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs) evaluation. Dr. Forte was the co-principal investigator for the federally-funded project Evaluating the Validity of English Language Proficiency Assessments (EVEA), which brought together the states of Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Indiana. She also served as a Senior Advisor for the first national evaluation of Title III implementation.

Dr. Forte serves on the Technical Advisory Committees for Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, and ACT, Inc. She is a member of the editorial boards for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Applied Measurement in Education, and the National Council on Measurement in Education newsletter. She also serves on the Board for the Innovation Network. Between 2006 and 2008, she directed the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards for English Language Learners through the Council of Chief State School Officers.

In May 2010, Dr. Forte co-authored The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners, a policy manual for practitioners released by Thompson Publishing, Inc. Over the past several years, Dr. Forte has also written a number of monographs on state accountability systems, including five annual papers tracking changes in states’ NCLB-related accountability models. She has been a peer reviewer of statewide standards and assessment systems under both the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as well as a reviewer of states’ graduation rate submissions and state longitudinal data system proposals for funding from the Institute for Education Sciences. Over the past 20 years, she has presented or published many dozens of papers, and has participated on numerous discussions groups, panels and conference planning committees.

Dr. Forte earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, where a fellowship from the Iowa Testing Program supported her research on validity issues related to the measurement of student achievement. She has previously served as the Title I Evaluator for the Connecticut State Department of Education, directed statewide assessment projects for testing vendors, and was the Director of Student Assessment for Baltimore City Public Schools.