Yasmine El Masri is a Research Fellow at OUCEA and a Hulme Junior Research Fellow in Educational Assessment at Brasenose College. In April 2018 Yasmine was appointed by Ofqual to be part of their External Assessment Specialists Group. The appointment is for a 3 year term. Dr El Masri’s research interests are at the intersection of educational assessment, science education and language. Her work examines the impact of design and question formulation on the difficulty and demands of tasks. Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of language on the difficulty of PISA science tests across UK, France and Jordan using different psychometric and statistical techniques including Rasch modelling and differential item functioning.
She has recently led a project, funded by ESRC under the GCRF scheme, in which she collaborated with a local NGO in Lebanon that produces computer-based interactive tasks in multiple languages for deprived youth in the country, including Syrian refugees. Dr El Masri is a member of the Project Management team of Project Calibrate, a three-year project funded by the Wellcome Trust and aiming to enhance summative assessments of practical science in the UK.
Dr El Masri holds a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford, a Master’s of Arts in Science Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the American University of Beirut (AUB). Before coming to Oxford, Dr El Masri was a science teacher in secondary schools in Beirut and Abu Dhabi.