PositionYasmine El Masri 2016 profile pic

Hulme Junior Research Fellow in Educational Assessment (Education Department, University of Oxford)


DPhil: University of Oxford
MA in Science Education: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
BSc in Biology: American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Research Interests

Item difficulty and demands, language in assessment, science assessments, international large-scale assessments, critical thinking, comparability of assessments across cultures


Secondary science teacher in Beirut (2006-2008) and Abu Dhabi (2008-2010)
Research Fellow in Educational Assessment (Education Department, University of Oxford) since 2015
Research Assistant (Education Department, University of Oxford) 2012-2014
Research Assistant (Education Department, American University of Beirut) 2006-2008

Graduate Teaching Areas

Educational assessment

Selected Publications


Oxford University Department of Education Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Dec 2014)
Kathleen Tattersall New Researcher Award, Association for Educational Assessment – Europe (Nov 2014)


The Effect of the Diploma Programme on Critical Thinking Development: An International Multisite Evaluation, Co-Investigator & Project Manager. International Baccalaureate Organization. Funder: International Baccalaureate Organisation. Award: $100,000.
Calibrate Project, Leader of Study 2 and member of the Project Management Board. Funder: Wellcome Trust; Award: £270,773                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Using Technology in Science Tasks: Reducing Language Barriers for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, PI. Funder: ESRC GCRF; Award: £100,000
Aga Khan University Language Policy Thinking Group, PI. Funder: Aga Khan University; Award: £20,000 (Oct 2016 – Jun 2017)
Systematic review on judging demands and predicting task difficulty, PI. Funder: Oxford University Department of Education; Award: £3,366 (Apr – Oct 2016)
Task Difficulty Models, Co-investigator with Professor Jo-Anne Baird. Funder: Pearson Inc.; Award: £46,667. (Jan – Dec 2015)


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