Advisory Committees

Smarter Balanced has established several advisory committees to inform the ongoing development and operation of the assessment system. These teams of national experts work to ensure the assessments accurately measure student progress and growth toward college and career readiness.

The Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provides guidance on technical assessment matters pertaining to validity and reliability, accuracy, and fairness. Members of the TAC are highly regarded national experts who have been widely published in their fields. Areas of expertise include: assessment design; computer adaptive testing (CAT); assessment accommodations; uses of tests; mathematics, and English language arts/literacy.

  • Gregory J. Cizek, Ph.D.
  • David Conley, Ph.D.
  • Kadriye Ercikan, Ph.D.
  • Brian Gong, Ph.D.
  • Edward Haertel, Ph.D.
  • Gerunda Hughes, Ph.D.
  • G. Gage Kingsbury, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Martineau, Ph.D.
  • William McCallum, Ph.D.
  • Sandra Murphy, Ph.D.
  • James W. Pellegrino, Ph.D.
  • Jim Popham, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Ryan, Ph.D.
  • Martha Thurlow, Ph.D.
  • Joe Willhoft, Ph.D.

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English Language Learners Advisory Committee

The English Language Learners Advisory Committee is comprised of national experts in ELL assessment, bilingual education, and language acquisition. This committee will provide feedback to Smarter Balanced staff, work groups, and contractors to ensure that the assessments provide valid, reliable, and fair measures of achievement and growth for English learners.

  • Stephanie Cawthon, Ph.D.
  • Donna Christian, Ph.D.
  • Gary Cook, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Escamilla, Ph.D.
  • James Green, Ph.D.
  • Kenji Hakuta, Ph.D.
  • Robert Linquanti
  • Guillermo Solano-Flores, Ph.D.
  • Guadalupe Valdés, Ph.D.

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Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee

The Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee is comprised of national experts in learning disabilities, assistive technology, and accessibility and accommodations policy. This committee will provide feedback to Smarter Balanced staff, work groups, and contractors to ensure that the assessments provide valid, reliable, and fair measures of achievement and growth for students with disabilities.

  • Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D.
  • Barbara Ehren, Ed.D.
  • Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, Ph.D.
  • Jacqueline F. Kearns, Ed.D.
  • Susan Rose, Ph.D.
  • Jim Sandstrum
  • Ann C. Schulte, Ph.D.
  • Richard Simpson, Ed.D.
  • Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Martha L. Thurlow, Ph.D.

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