Smarter Balanced is a member-led consortium with a transparent, consensus-based governance structure. Members include Governing, Affiliate and Licensing members. The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles oversees all financial procurement on behalf of Smarter Balanced.


Governing members are fully committed to Smarter Balanced and have a vote in policy decisions, while Affiliate members may participate in work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system. License members use Smarter Balanced items and forms, but do not participate in policy discussions or oversight. Each state appoints K-12 and higher education leads to coordinate with the Consortium. State representatives direct the Executive Committee and participate in member advisory groups. Smarter Balanced works closely with state education chiefs and elected officials to ensure that the assessment system meets the needs of member states.



View a complete list of Governing, Affiliate, and License members.


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 a chair, a chair-elect, a past-chair, four representatives from four separate Governing members, two representatives from higher education, and one representative for post-secondary careers. Executive Committee members and chairs are elected by the Governing members.



Greg Gallagher

Director of Standards and Achievement
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction



Keric Ashley

Deputy Superintendent, District, School, and Innovation Branch
California Department of Education


Executive Committee Members

Carolina Cardenas

Director, Academic Outreach and Early Assessment
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Katherine Mahoney

Program Administrator, Workforce Education Division
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Patricia Reiss, Ph.D.

Test Development Specialist
Hawaii State Department of Education

Cinda Parton

Director of Assessment Development
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Vaughn Rhudy, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Office of Assessment and Research
West Virginia Department of Education

Randy Spaulding, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Affairs and Policy
Washington Student Achievement Council




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