Linda Cook is a principal research scientist in ETS Research and Development. She received her Ed. D. in educational measurement and statistics from the University of Massachusetts in 1979; her M.E.D. in education of the deaf from Smith College in 1972 and her B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College in 1960. Her primary research interests are test equating and scaling, cross-cultural issues in testing including adapting and linking tests given to examinees of different languages and cultures, and developing fair and valid assessments for students with disabilities.
Cook has served in a number of roles since coming to ETS. She began her career in the analysis area where she led the measurement work done on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and the SAT Subject Tests™. She left the analysis area to take a position as executive director of the admissions and guidance area. While in this position, Cook was responsible for the implementation of the new SAT I and SAT II and the new PSAT/NMSQT.
After spending five years as executive director of the admissions and guidance area, she left this position to become vice president of the newly formed Assessment division at ETS. As vice president of the Assessment division, she was responsible for implementing the new test creation process. Cook returned to the analysis area following the decentralization of the Assessment division and later became the research director of the Center for Validity Research.
Cook's professional activities outside of ETS consist of serving on a number of advisory groups and participating in professional organizations. Currently she is a member of the Executive Board for the National Council on Measurement in Education. In addition, Cook is a member of AERA, NCME, and APA, Division 5.