John Sabatini is a research scientist in ETS Research and Development. He was formerly an educational researcher at the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has conducted adult literacy research, development and evaluation in areas of educational technology, cognitive psychology, reading acquisition and disabilities and assessment. Currently, he is the principal investigator of a five-year NICHD/Dept of Education/National Institute for Literacy project, Relative Effectiveness of Reading Programs for Adults. In the past, he helped in the design of online assessment and instruction products in the LiteracyLink project and other NCAL R&D.
He was also the chair of the Research Committee of the National Coalition of Literacy and a technical and research advisor to NIFL's EFF Assessment Framework Consortium, GED Testing Service, the National Education Goals Panel, the National Assessments of Adult Literacy and the NIFL/NCSALL Reading Research Work Group.
With Richard L. Venezky, Sabatini collaborated on the Study of Adult Reading Acquisition and is editing a themed issue on adult reading and disabilities for the Scientific Society for Study of Reading. One of Sabatini's recent publications is Teacher Perspectives on the Adult Education Profession: National Survey Findings About an Emerging Profession.
Sabatini received his doctorate from the University of Delaware in cognition and instruction with a focus on adult literacy and his bachelors at the University of Chicago in behavioral science with a focus on neuropsychology.