Dr. Magda Chia is the Chief Strategy Officer at Smarter Balanced where she specializes in the relationship between cultural and linguistic diversity and assessment systems.
As the Director for Strategy, Impact and Policy at Understanding Language/Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (UL) she developed and helped execute collaborations with states and districts to advance coherent education policy and practice. She worked on outreach to educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders while taking advantage of UL’s cross-disciplinary approach that supports the education of all students. She helped guide the center in work across several key components of education--pedagogical practices, professional development, assessment systems--within the context of supporting and celebrating the diversity of students across the country.
Her research addresses validity and fairness in assessments across diverse student populations including English language learners, students with disabilities, and English language learners with disabilities. She specializes in the relationship between cultural and linguistic diversity and assessment development, implementation, data use, and classroom instruction. Her work has been funded by numerous organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to UL, she led the efforts across multiple fields to produce summative, interim, and formative assessments that support all students.
She received her doctorate in education, equity, and cultural diversity at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a master’s from New York University and was a Fulbright scholar in Peru.