Tanya Bitterman

Lead Writing Language Testing Specialist

Tanya Bitterman is the lead writing language testing specialist at CAL. Since 2013, Tanya has been a member of the team developing the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment. She contributed to the transition of ACCESS from a paper-based test to a test delivered online and has developed test items for all domains of the test (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing). In addition, Tanya also worked on the development of new interpretive and scoring rubrics for the Writing subtest, including the creation of rater training materials for ACCESS and the WIDA Screener.

Tanya currently manages the development of new tasks for the Writing domain of ACCESS. She oversees the process of developing new test tasks, beginning with the generation of specifications and raw content, through reviews by educators, refinement by test developers, and piloting with students, to the delivery of final tasks for the operational test. Tanya also works on annual updates to scoring materials and collaborates on design enhancements for the Writing subtest.

Before coming to CAL, Tanya was an ESL teacher in New York City public schools, where she provided English language and content instruction for elementary school students. She holds a master’s degree in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Cornell University.