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Top education research organization honors Stanford professor

February 21, 2017
By Brooke Donald
Guillermo Solano-Flores
Guillermo Solano-Flores was named a 2017 AERA Fellow. (Photo: Marc Franklin)
Education Professor Guillermo Solano-Flores named AERA Fellow; joins 23 other Stanford faculty who have received honor.

Stanford education Professor Guillermo Solano-Flores, a leading expert in educational measurement and assessment, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Solano-Flores is one of 14 top scholars to receive the honor this year. He joins 630 current Fellows, 23 of whom are at Stanford.

"AERA Fellows exemplify the highest standards of excellence through accomplishment, professionalism and commitment," said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine in a statement.

AERA is the oldest and largest educational research association in the world. AERA Fellows are selected for their notable and sustained research achievements. They are nominated by their peers, selected by the AERA Fellows Committee and approved by the AERA Council. The new AERA Fellows will be inducted on April 28 during the organization's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Solano-Flores specializes in educational assessment and the linguistic and cultural issues that are relevant to both international test comparisons and the testing of cultural and linguistic minorities. He is the author of the theory of test translation error, which addresses testing across cultures and languages. And, he has investigated the use of generalizability theory—a psychometric theory of measurement error—in the testing of English language learners and indigenous populations.

Solano-Flores has advised several countries on the adaptation and translation of performance tasks into multiple languages. His current research projects examine academic language and testing, formative assessment practices for culturally-diverse science classrooms, and the design and use of illustrations in international test comparisons and in the testing of English language learners.