Ellen Forte is the CEO and Chief Scientist at edCount, LLC. With two decades’ experience conducting research, providing advice, and reporting on standards, assessments, and accountability, Dr. Forte is a respected authority on assisting state and local education agencies in the successful interpretation and implementation of education policies. Dr. Forte currently serves as the Chief Validity Evaluator for the National Centers and State Collaborative, the chief policy advisor to the National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, and the chief technical advisor to the Puerto Rico Department of Education.
Dr. Forte serves on the Technical Advisory Committees for Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Wyoming. She is a member of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards Committee and the editorial boards for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, the National Council on Measurement in Education newsletter, the NCLB Advisor, and the “No Child Left Behind Alert” published by Eli Research. Between 2006 and 2008, she directed the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards for English Language Learners through the Council of Chief State School Officers.
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.