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Mark Wilson is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr Wilson's interests focus on measurement and applied statistics. His work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analyzing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matters such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to the use of educational assessment data in accountability systems. He has recently published three books: (a) one, entitled Constructing measures: An item response modeling approach (Erlbaum), is an introduction to modern measurement; the second (with Paul De Boeck of the University of Leuven in Belgium), entitled Explanatory item response models: A generalized linear and nonlinear approach (Springer-Verlag), introduces an overarching framework for the statistical modeling of measurements that makes available new tools for understanding the meaning and nature of measurement; the third, entitled Towards coherence between classroom assessment and accountability (University of Chicago Press--National Society for the Study of Education) is an edited volume that explores the issues relating to the relationships between large-scale assessment and classroom-level assessment. He recently served on the Learning and Teaching Panel of the National Research Council's Strategic Education Research Initiative, and is currently chairing a NRC committee on assessment of science achievement. He is founding editor of a new journal: Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives.