Sharon Slater is currently a managing senior measurement scientist in the Center for Operational Solutions & Innovation in the Research & Development division at ETS. She received her doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in psychometric methods from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Slater has published articles or presented papers on adaptive testing, score reporting, standard setting, reliability, generalizability, item response theory, and instructional quality, at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is also the coauthor of book chapters on score report design and computer adaptive testing, as well as several research reports published by the Laboratory of Psychometric and Evaluative Research at the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests include large-scale assessment, computerized testing, and score reporting.
She began her work at ETS in 2006 as an associate psychometrician in the K-12 group. She served as the primary coordinator of statistical work for the Tennessee Gateway and End-of-Course Assessment program and the Maryland High School Assessment program. Currently, she leads the Score Report Design team, a cross-functional group of staff dedicated to the design of score reports. She also serves as the core team representative for statistical analysis on proposals and serves as a reviewer for ETS technical documents.
Before joining ETS, Slater worked from 1998–2005 in educational research at both the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Pittsburgh. She is an active member of AERA and NCME.