Member States



Smarter Balanced states share a commitment to developing a next-generation assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards that provide educators with meaningful feedback and actionable data.


K-12 State Lead: Michelle Center, Smarter Balanced State Lead, California Department of Education
Higher Education Leads: Monica Lin , Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California; Denise F. Noldon,Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs Division, California Community Colleges; Carolina Cardenas, Director of Academic Outreach and Early Assessment, California State University


K-12 State Lead: Abe Krisst, Academic Office Bureau Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Senan Hayes , Professor, Western Connecticut State University

Delaware *

K-12 State Lead: Carolyn Lazar, Interim Director, Office of Assessment, Delaware Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Carol Vukelich, Professor, University of Delaware


K-12 State Lead: Patricia Reiss, Test Development Specialist, Hawaii State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Joanne Itano, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, University of Hawaii


K-12 State Lead: Cheryl Finley, Director, Division of Assessment, Idaho State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Christopher Mathias, Chief Academic Officer, Idaho State Board of Education


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


K-12 State Lead: Andrew Middlestead, Director, Office of Standards and Assessment, Michigan Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Bob Murphy, Director of University Relations and Policy, President’s Council, State Universities of Michigan,1607,7-140-22709—,00.html


K-12 State Lead: Judy Snow, Director, State Assessment
Higher Education Lead: Karin Janssen, CCN Program Manager and Regulatory Compliance Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Montana University System


K-12 State Lead: Peter Zutz, Administrator of Assessment, Data & Accountability Management
Higher Education Lead: William Speer, Director of the UNLV Mathematics Learning Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

New Hampshire*

K-12 State Lead: Scott Mantie, Consultant for Assessment and Accountability
Higher Education Lead: Lucille Jordan, President, Nashua Community College

North Carolina

K-12 State Lead: Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Operations
Higher Education Lead: Alisa Chapman, Vice President for Academic and University Programs, University of North Carolina

North Dakota*

K-12 State Lead: Robert Bauer, Standards and Achievement, Assistant Director, Primary/Secondary Education Programs
Higher Education Lead: Lisa Johnson, Director of Systemwide Student Entry, Transfer, and Retention, North Dakota University System


K-12 State Lead: Derek Brown, Assistant Superintendent (interim), Office of Learning, Oregon Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Lisa Reynolds, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

South Dakota*

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

The Bureau of Indian Education*

K-12 State Lead: Charles Roessel , Smarter Balanced State Lead, The Bureau of Indian Education 

U.S. Virgin Islands*

K-12 State Lead: Alexandria Baltimore-Hookfin, State Assessment Director, Virgin Island Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Camille McKayle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Virgin Islands


K-12 State Lead: Michael Hock, Director of Adult Education, High School Completion Program, Vermont Agency of Education
Higher Education Lead: Vacant


K-12 State Lead: Robin Munson, Assistant Superintendent, Assessment and Student Information
Higher Education Lead: Randy Spaulding, Director of Academic Affairs, Washington Student Achievement Council

West Virginia*

K-12 State Lead: Vaughn Rhudy, Coordinator, Office of Assessment
Higher Education Lead: Corley Dennison,Vice Chancellor of State Colleges and Senior Director of Academic Affairs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


K-12 State Lead: Deb Lindsey, Director of Assessment, Wyoming Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Jim Rose, Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission

*Denotes Governing Member

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