Alina von Davier

Chief Assessment Officer at Duolingo

Alina von Davier, PhD., is the Chief Officer at ACTNext, a multidisciplinary innovation unit that is part of ACT and was founded in 2016. Her team consists of experts in fields ranging from psychometrics and learning sciences to software development, and artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML). Von Davier and her team operate at the forefront of Computational Psychometrics, an emerging interdisciplinary field concerned with the application of theoretical and data-driven computational methods and statistical modeling of multimodal, large scale/high dimensional learning and assessment data. Prior to leading ACTNext, von Davier was a senior research director at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she led the Computational Psychometrics Research Center. Previously, she led the Center for Psychometrics for International Tests, where she was responsible for both the psychometrics in support of international tests, TOEFL® and TOEIC®, and the scores reported to millions of test takers annually.

Von Davier is currently an adjunct professor at Fordham University and the president of the International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT). She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), and she is also a member of the board of directors for Smart Sparrow and of the advisory board for Duolingo.