Kristen Wilcox

Investigates the impact of high stakes tests in diverse educational settings

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Kristen Wilcox

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department: Educational Theory and Practice

Second language acquisition; foreign language acquisition; teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL); multicultural education; diversity in education

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Kristen Wilcox's areas of research interest are language, culture, and cognition in multicultural contexts.

Wilcox has investigated the impacts of high stakes tests in diverse educational settings and best practices at the elementary and middle school levels.

She serves as the principal investigator for the NY Kids program at UAlbany. Under the leadership of the School of Education, the project has been conducting studies of higher- and average-performing schools to identify best practices as well as displaying school assessment data in a variety of web-based charts and graphs that enable schools to see how they are doing compared with other, similar schools.

The project began as a partnership with The Business Council of New York State and the New York State Education Department in affiliation with the national Just for the Kids project.

Wilcox has taught English as a second and foreign language at the kindergarten through doctoral levels in the United States and Puerto Rico, and coordinated second and foreign language programs in a Brazilian K-12 international school.