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.

  • Randy Bennett, Ph.D.
  • Derek C. Briggs, Ph.D.
  • Gregory J. Cizek, Ph.D.
  • David Conley, 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.
  • James W. Pellegrino, Ph.D.
  • Jim Popham, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Ryan, Ph.D.
  • Guillermo Solano-Flores, Ph.D.
  • Martha Thurlow, Ph.D.
  • Sheila Valencia, 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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Performance and Practice Committee

The Performance and Practice Committee is comprised of more than 20 educators from around the nation who were nominated by state chiefs. This committee will assess the efficiency of Smarter Balanced assessments to meet their designed purpose and to deepen overall stakeholder investment.

  • Kandi Greaves (Vermont)
  • Susan Green (California)
  • Megan Bale (Washington)
  • Shannon Mashinchi (Oregon)
  • Steve Seal (California)
  • Tanya Golden (California)
  • Crista Anderson (Montana)
  • Mike Nelson (Idaho)
  • Guyla Ness (South Dakota)
  • Tiffany Seibel (Nevada)
  • Victor Torres (California)
  • Valery Harper (West Virginia)
  • Melissa Speetjens (Hawaii)
  • Lowell Ernst (Iowa)
  • Michelle Center (California)
  • Todd Bloomquist (Oregon)
  • Jim O’Neill (Montana)
  • Stacey Butcher (West Virginia)
  • Jen Paul (Michigan)
  • Eva Payne (Oregon)
  • Tammy Mayer (North Dakota)
  • Joe Willhoft (Technical Advisory Committee)

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