Members and Governance

Smarter Balanced is led by its members: 15 states, one territory, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The consortium operates on a transparent, consensus-based governance structure. There are three tiers to membership: Governing members, Affiliate members, and non-members.

  • Governing members direct the organization, including policy decisions and approving budgets, and are fully committed to Smarter Balanced.
  • Affiliate members do not administer Smarter Balanced assessments. However, they may participate in work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system.
  • Non-members pay the same fee to Smarter Balanced for a high quality assessment system, but without the privilege of governance. Read more about access to Smarter Balanced resources for non-members here. If your state or vendor is interested in using Smarter Balanced resources, please contact sb@smarterbalanced.org.

Each state appoints K-12 and higher education leads to coordinate with the Consortium. An elected Executive Committee composed of member representatives provides day-to-day oversight and refers key matters to the full membership. Smarter Balanced works closely with state education chiefs and elected officials to ensure that the assessment system meets the needs of member states.

Map of Smarter Balanced Member States and Territories. Governing Members include California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, MIchigan, West Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Affiliate Members include Wyoming, Iowa, and North Carolina.

= Governing Member

California*

K-12 State Lead: Michelle Center, Smarter State Lead, California Department of Education

Higher Education Leads: Monica Lin, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California; Chris Graillat, Specialist, Student Services and Special Programs Division, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; Carolina Cardenas, Director of Academic Outreach and Early Assessment, California State University

Connecticut*

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

Hawaii*

K-12 State Lead: Brian Reiter, Hawaii State Department of Education

Higher Education Lead: Joanne Itano, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, University of Hawaii

Idaho*

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

Iowa

K-12 State Lead: Tom Deeter, Lead Consultant, Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability

Higher Education Lead: Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents

Michigan*

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

Montana*

K-12 State Lead: Judy Snow, Director, State Assessment

Higher Education Lead: Angela McLean, Director, American Indian and Minority Achievement, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Nevada*

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

Oregon*

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

Vermont*

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

Higher Education Lead: Yasmine L. Ziesler, Chief Academic & Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges

Washington*

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

Executive Committee

The Smarter Balanced Executive Committee oversees the ongoing development and management of the assessment system and the Consortium’s finances. 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.

Chair

Greg Gallagher

Director of Standards and Achievement
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Chair-Elect

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

Abby Javurek-Humig

Director of Assessment and Accountability
South Dakota Department of Education

Katherine Mahoney

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

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

Derek Brown

Assistant Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability
Oregon Department of Education