Ellen Forte, Ph.D. is the CEO and Chief Scientist of edCount, LLC. Dr. Forte has two decades of experience conducting research, providing advice, and reporting on standards, assessments, and accountability, and is a respected authority on assisting state and local education agencies to successfully interpret and implement education policies.
Dr. Forte has served as the Principal Investigator for numerous validity evaluation, item development, and alignment projects for many states, districts, and several multi-state initiatives. She has also 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. Dr. Forte is currently Co-Principal Investigator of a four-year, multi-state Enhanced Assessments Grant program titled Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS). She served as the Chief Validity Evaluator for the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) project, which developed alternate assessments in ELA and mathematics, as well as related curricula and professional development modules.
Dr. Forte is the Chief Policy Advisor to the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University on its implementation of standards, assessments, and accountability mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Forte served as the principal investigator for validity evaluation projects for the alternate assessments in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, the federally-funded Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs) evaluation and was the co-principal investigator for the federally-funded, multi-state Evaluating the Validity of English Language Proficiency Assessments (EVEA) project. Dr. Forte 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, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Curriculum Associates, Project Lead the Way, and ACT, Inc. She is a member of the editorial boards for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and the National Council on Measurement in Education newsletter. Dr. Forte co-authored The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners (both the 2010 and 2017 editions), and has also written numerous papers and monographs on state assessment and accountability systems.
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.