Scott Wood is the Associate Director of Machine Scoring at ACT, Inc. and ACTNext. Over the last nine years, he has worked with the CRASE+ automated scoring engine for essays and constructed responses. Responsibilities have included engine training and validation, prototype development, project management, subgroup and fairness analysis, statistical and psychometric analysis of automated scoring, and reporting of results. Scott’s research and operational work with CRASE+ has included several state end-of-course assessments, a U.S. Department of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant, a national Writing assessment, collaborations with multiple assessment companies, and several ACT initiatives. Currently, Scott leads a team of data scientists who conduct research and operational work on CRASE+.

Scott holds a PhD in Psychological & Quantitative Foundations (Educational Measurement & Statistics) from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Iowa. He also holds BA degrees in Mathematics and Quantitative Methods/Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas (MN).