Melissa Gholson is a researcher serving the Alternate English Language Assessment (ALTELLA) Project, an enhanced assessment grant that seeks to better understand how to assess the language development of English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. Melissa has extensive experience and knowledge within the fields of special education and assessment development and administration on general, alternate and English Language Proficiency assessments. She has provided technical assistance and guidance to LEA’s, SEA’s and assessment consortia on issues of fairness, law and policy guidance for students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities.
She has a passion for research on issues of access and equityHer research and technical assistance priorities include advocacy for equitable outcomes for special populations, policy and accountability requirements related to the meaningful inclusion of all subgroups, fairness, validity and accessibility in testing and technical issues in development of alternate and English Language Proficiency assessments. She has experience in assessment peer review, accountability, research design and methods, assistive technology and rural education. Melissa has a doctorate in Educational Administration from Ohio University, a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University.
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Current ProjectsWIDA: World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium
Alternate English Language Learning Assessment (ALTELLA)