Director of the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research Center (BEAR) at the University of California, Berkeley
Keynote on Applications in educational monitoring and practice relevant to the Nordic countries.
Mark Wilson's work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analyzing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matter areas such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to policy issues in the use of assessment data in accountability systems. Wilson is the director of the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research Center (BEAR) and is the author of two influential books in the educational field: "Constructing measures: An item response modeling approach" (Erlbaum) and "A generalized linear and nonlinear approach (Springer-Verlag)" (with Paul De Boeck of the University of Leuven in Belgium); Both books provide overarching frameworks for the development and statistical modeling of measurements and new tools for understanding the meaning and nature of measurement. Furthermore, Prof.dr. Wilson (PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Chicago) serves on the editorial board of several educational measurement journals, is a past president of the Psychometric Society, chairs a National Research Council committee on assessment of science achievement, and is founding editor of the new journal Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives.