Governance


Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium with a transparent, consensus-based governance structure. Members include both Governing States, Advisory States and Affiliate members. Washington is the Lead Procurement State and oversees all financial procurement on behalf of the Consortium.

 

Governing States are fully committed to Smarter Balanced and have a vote in policy decisions, while Advisory States may participate in work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system. Affiliate members are territories and commonwealths of the United States and/or the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Each state appoints K-12 and higher education leads to coordinate with the Consortium. State representatives direct the Executive Committee and participate in five Smarter Balanced work groups. Smarter Balanced works closely with state education chiefs and elected officials to ensure that the assessment system meets the needs of member states.

 

Governing States

 

California

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson
  • K-12 State Lead: Diane Hernandez, Director, Assessment Development and Administration Division, California Department of Education
  • Higher Education Leads:
    • Monica Lin, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California
    • Linda Michalowski, Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs Division, California Community Colleges
    • Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, California State University

 

Connecticut

  • Commissioner of Education: Stefan Pryor, J.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Gail Pagano, Education Consultant, Bureau of Assessment, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Aynsley Diamond, Ed. D., Acting Assistant Director, Policy & Research, Board of Regents for Higher Education, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

 

Delaware

  • Secretary of Education: Mark Murphy
  • K-12 State Lead: Brian Touchette, Education Associate, Teaching and Learning Branch, Exceptional Children Resources, Delaware Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Carol Vukelich, Professor, University of Delaware

 

Hawaii

  • Superintendent of Education: Kathryn S. Matayoshi, J.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Cara Tanimura, Director, Systems Accountability
  • Higher Education Lead: Joanne Itano, Ph.D., Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Hawaii System

 

Idaho

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Luna
  • K-12 State Lead: TJ Bliss, Director, Division of Assessment, Idaho State Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead (interim): Mike Rush, Executive Director, Idaho State Board of Education

 

Maine

  • Acting Commissioner of Education: Jim Rier
  • K-12 State Lead: Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer, Maine Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Katherine Yardley, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Dean of Education, University of Maine at Farmington

 

Michigan

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Michael P. Flanagan
  • K-12 State Lead: Andrew Middlestead, Director, Office of Standards and Assessment, Michigan Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Patty Farrell-Cole, Director, University Relations and Policy Research, Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan

 

Missouri

  • Commissioner of Education: Chris Nicastro, Ph.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Michael Muenks, Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Missouri Department of Higher Education

 

Montana

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Denise Juneau, J.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Judy Snow, Director, State Assessment
  • Higher Education Lead: Neil Moisey, Interim Deputy Commissioner, Academic, Research, & Student Affairs, Montana

 

Nevada

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Dale Erquiaga
  • K-12 State Lead: Cindy Sharp, Education Programs Professional, Nevada Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: William Speer, Interim Dean, College of Education, and Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas

 

New Hampshire

  • Commissioner of Education: Virginia M. Barry, Ph. D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Scott Mantie, Consultant for Assessment and Accountability, New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Julie Bernier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Plymouth State University

 

North Carolina

  • State Superintendent: June Atkinson, Ed.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Operations
  • Higher Education Lead: Alisa Chapman, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic and University Programs, University of North Carolina

 

North Dakota

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Kirsten Baesler
  • K-12 State Lead: Robert Bauer, Standards and Achievement, Assistant Director, Primary/Secondary Education Programs
  • Higher Education Lead: Sonia Cowen, Ph.D., Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, North Dakota University System

Oregon

  • Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction: Rob Saxton
  • K-12 State Lead: Doug Kosty, Assistant Superintendent Assessment and Information
  • Higher Education Lead: Lisa Reynolds, Ph.D., Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

 

South Dakota

  • Secretary of Education: Melody Schopp, Ph.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Jan Martin, Administrator of Assessment, South Dakota Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Paul Turman, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, South Dakota Board of Regents

 

Vermont

  • Commissioner of Education: Armando Vilaseca
  • K-12 State Lead: Frank Gerdeman, Director of Adult Education, High School Completion Program, Vermont Agency of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Fayneese Miller, Dean, College of Education and Socials Services, University of Vermont

 

Washington

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Randy Dorn
  • K-12 State Lead: Robin Munson, Assistant Superintendent, Division of Assessment and Student Information
  • Higher Education Lead: Randy Spaulding, Director of Academic Affairs, Higher Education Coordinating Board

 

West Virginia

  • Superintendent of Schools: James Phares, Ed.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Vaughn Rhudy, Coordinator, Office of Assessment
  • Higher Education Lead: Kathy Butler, Vice Chancellor of State Colleges and Senior Director of Academic Affairs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

 

Wisconsin

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Anthony Evers, Ph.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Troy Couillard, Director of Office of Student Assessment
  • Higher Education Lead: James Wollack, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology; Director, Testing & Evaluation Services, and the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing, University of Wisconsin

 

Wyoming

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Cindy Hill
  • K-12 State Lead: Deb Lindsey, Director of Assessment, Wyoming Department of Education
  • Higher Education Lead: Jim Rose, Ed.D., Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission

 

Advisory States 

Iowa

  • Director of Education: Brad Buck
  • K-12 State Lead: Tom Deeter, Lead Consultant, Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability
  • Higher Education Lead: Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents

 

Pennsylvania

  • Acting Secretary of Education: Carolyn Dumaresq, Ed.D.
  • K-12 State Lead: Rich Maraschiello, Special Assistant to the Secretary
  • Higher Education Lead: Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

 

Affiliate members

 

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Acting Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory
  • K-12 State Lead: Alexandria Baltimore-Hookfin, State Assessment Director, Virgin Island Department of Education

 

Executive Committee

The Smarter Balanced Executive Committee oversees the development of the assessment system and management of the Consortium’s funding. The Executive Committee is comprised of two co-chairs, four representatives from four separate Governing States, one representative from the Lead Procurement State (Washington), and two representatives from higher education. Executive Committee members and co-chairs are elected by the Governing States.

 

Co-Chairs

Joseph Martineau, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Bureau of Assessment and Accountability
Michigan Department of Education

Deborah Sigman

Deputy Superintendent
Educational Services
Rocklin Unified School District

 

Executive Committee Members

Michael Hock, Ph.D.

Assessment Director
Vermont Department of Education

Charles Lenth, Ph.D.

(Higher Education Representative)
Vice President for Policy Analysis and Academic Affairs
State Higher Education Executive Officers

Mike Middleton

Director of Assessment Business and Special Populations
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Gail Pagano

Education Consultant
Connecticut State Department of Education

Patricia Reiss, Ph.D.

Test Development Specialist
Hawaii State Department of Education

Beverly L. Young, Ph.D.

(Higher Education Representative)
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
California State University System

 

Executive Committee Minutes

 

 

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