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Renaissance Welcomes Dr. Xiaoying Ma to Key Role on Psychometrics Team

Dr. Xiaoying Ma’s years of educational testing and bi-literal experience will be key to international growth and our mission to accelerate learning for all.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Jan. 23, 2020)Renaissance®, the global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced Dr. Xiaoying Ma as a new Senior Psychometrician. Dr. Ma brings a strong assessment background to Renaissance, along with personal and professional experience as a bi-literate professional (Chinese and English).

Prior to joining Renaissance, Dr. Ma was employed at Questar Assessment, where she worked on K–12 testing programs for Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and Utah. Dr. Ma also worked at Educational Testing Service (ETS) for more than 10 years. Her focus at ETS was on international testing programs, including the Test of English International Communication (TOEIC) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a Doctorate in Psychometrics.

In her new role as Senior Psychometrician at Renaissance, Dr. Ma will work hand-in-hand with the Psychometrics team on Renaissance’s assessment products, including the award-winning Star Assessments, which are used in more than one-third of schools nationwide. She will also play an important role in Renaissance’s international efforts and biliteracy strategy.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Dr. Ma join our team,” said Dr. James McBride, Vice President and Chief Psychometrician at Renaissance. “Dr. Ma has extensive experience in the field of education—particularly in test design—which will help us achieve our mission of accelerating learning for all.”

About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions are used in over one-third of US schools and in more than 90 countries worldwide. The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; and Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement. For more information, visit

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