Austin is a psychometrician with 10 years of experience in assessment and evaluation. Austin has worked on assessment programs in both credentialing and education, as well as other related education research projects. Austin also managed the Green Building Certification Institute’s assessment program when it first achieved ANSI 17024 accreditation.
Austin has held roles at Questionmark Corporation, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), and Building Materials Resource Center (BMRC). He has experience in nearly every aspect of assessment design and delivery, including job task analyses, blueprint development, item development, standard setting, scaling, scoring, and reporting. He has also worked on assessment program research, and was the lead Reporting Project Manager for teacher evaluation studies for New York, Texas, and the Teacher Leader Evaluation Systems (TLES) projects at AIR. He served two years on the technical advisory board for International Credentialing Associates (ICA) and has worked as an independent statistical consultant for organizations like Yale University and the District Department of Transportation.
Austin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland’s Department of Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement (EDMS). His thesis research focuses on design, data-tagging, and data mining techniques in complex computer-based assessment. Prior to this, he earned his M.A. at EDMS, culminating in a research paper exploring methods for detecting and reporting item dependence in linear-on-the-fly testing (LOFT) designs. He earned his B.A. with a double major in Mathematics and Sociology at Boston University.
Austin has presented at many industry conferences, including the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Questionmark Users Conference, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Education Summit series, and the Minnesota Assessment Conference. He also has conducted assessment trainings for Delaware Department of Education, Oregon Department of Education, and Questionmark Corporation, and he was the primary author for the psychometrics section for ICE’s online training course, “Certification 201: Advanced Topics in Certification.” He is also an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).
– Austin Fossey – Director of Psychometrics and Research