Jing Wei is a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). She has degrees in English language and literature (B.A. Shanghai International Studies University, China), applied linguistics specializing in language assessment (M.Phil. Cambridge University, UK and Ph.D. New York University), and Educational Measurement and Statistics (Master Certificate, University of Maryland at College Park).
At CAL, Dr. Wei’s work spans both World Languages and Pre-K to 12 ELL assessment. She serves as the Principle Investigator/Director for projects in World Languages and leads initiatives related to the assessment of writing in CAL’s language assessment work, particularly in support of WIDA assessments.
Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Wei has taught graduate-level courses in language assessment and second language acquisition at NYU and UMCP. Dr. Wei’s research has focused on the intersection between language assessment and sociolinguistics, concentrating on the assessment of World Englishes, task-based language teaching and assessment, and language learning strategies.
She currently serves as the Book Review Editor for the refereed international journal Assessing Writing. She regularly presents at major conferences in applied linguistics and language testing. She also published in book chapters and peer reviewed articles in Language Assessment Quarterly and CATESOL Journal. Her dissertation was supported by grants from Educational Testing Services and the International Research Foundation for English Language Education.
This commentary aims to provide insight into the program evaluation process through a concrete example of how CAL conducts evaluation for the Peace Corps TEFL Certificate program.
Dr. Jing Wei has been appointed as book review editor for Assessing Writing, a refereed international journal providing a forum for ideas, research and practice on the assessment of written language.