Michael Fast is a managing researcher at AIR. He has extensive experience directing, managing, and providing technical support for educational projects, both in the international and national arenas. From November 2004 to June 2007 he was Chief of Party in Honduras for a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project focusing on educational reform in Honduras through the design, development and implementation of curriculum-aligned educational standards for K-12 and a national formative and summative testing system. He has also worked closely with the Nicaraguan and Guatemalan Ministries of Education on educational standards and testing as well as on regional reform movements based on standards and testing. He has worked in Brazil, Pakistan, Haiti, the Maldives, and Ukraine on educational testing programs.
Within the national arena, Dr. Fast has worked closely on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of foreign language, the National Adult Assessment of Literacy (NAAL), and was also director of a project for a consortium of states developing ESL tests for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) compliance. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Fast was Professor in Applied Linguistics at the Universities of Massachusetts, Iowa, and Deusto, Bilbao, in Spain.