The ALTELLA project is a partnership between five state departments of education and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This project establishes a collaboration of states including Arizona (lead), Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, and West Virginia.


The ALTELLA project is funded by an Enhanced Assessment Instruments grant from the U.S. Department of Education awarded to the Arizona Department of Education.


ALTELLA staff members include experts in research, assessment, special education, and English language development.

University of Wisconsin

Laurene Christensen, Principal Investigator
Erin  Arango-Escalante  
Kristen Burton 
Indira Ceylan 
Elizabeth Cranley 
Melissa Gholson 
Miguel Hernandez 
James Mitchell 
Sonia Upton 
Lynn Shafer Willner 
Kris Stewart 
Cha Kai Yang 

State Partners

Audra Ahumada, Arizona Department of Education
Marlene Johnston, Arizona Department of Education
Kelly Koenig, Arizona Department of Education
Linda Howley, Michigan Department of Education
Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education
Cheryl Alcaya, Minnesota Department of Education
Tracy Montez-Lindner, Minnesota Department of Education
Jill Christmus, South Carolina Department of Education
Mami Itamochi, West Virginia Department of Education


Wes Bruce 
Margaret Ho 
Meagan Karvonen 
Jacqueline Kearns 
Hillary Michaels 
Jan Sheinker 
Leila Williams 
Phoebe Winter

External Evaluator

Courtney Foster