Hi! I am a Principal Assessment Scientist at Duolingo where I conduct assessment innovation research for The Duolingo English Test in Assessment Research. I am a team lead for the Validity & Outreach Team.
My research career has been motivated by a strong interest to make a social impact through equitable and widely-accessible education technology. My interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), educational measurement, equity in education, learning analytics and linguistics.
As a leader in AI in Education, I have led NLP teams that have invented automated writing evaluation systems used in large-scale, high-stakes assessment, and digital writing support applications. I have led federally-funded writing analytics research exploring relationships between writing achievement and postsecondary academic success outcomes.
I hold a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from New York University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
On a personal note, I have been a mentor in the 101: Fund, a needs-based college scholarship fund for Princeton High School students. I currently volunteer to coordinate & distribute food at a grab-n-go food pantry in Trenton, NJ.
Feel free to reach out: jill.burstein [at] gmail.com or jill [at] duolingo.com
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