Javier Suárez-Álvarez is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). He is responsible for managing the new Adult Skills Assessment Project (ASAP), a collaborative project recently funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences to improve the assessment of adult skills for educators, employers, and adult learners. Prior to joining UMass, Javier was an Education Policy Analyst in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France. He was the lead author of the PISA report 21st-Century Readers: Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World, co-authored the report Beyond Academic Learning: First Results from the Survey of Social and Emotional Skills and its assessment framework, led analytical reports in the International Early Learning and Well-being Study, and contributed to implementing PISA-based Test for Schools in Latin-American countries. Before joining the OECD, Javier was teaching and research staff at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oviedo, Spain. He worked as an analyst in the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Javier holds a B.A in Psychology and a PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Oviedo, Spain. He was visiting scholar in the Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, and the Psychometrics Centre of the University of Cambridge, UK.