Smarter Balanced is led by its members. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Bureau of Indian Education
K-12 Lead: Rebecca Izzo, Bureau of Indian Education
Higher Education Lead: Katherine Campbell, Bureau of Indian Education
K-12 Lead: Mao Vang, Administrator, Assessment Development & Administration Division, California Department of Education
Higher Education Leads: Monica Lin, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California; Carolina Cardenas, Director of Academic Outreach and Early Assessment, California State University
K-12 Lead: Abe Krisst, Academic Office Bureau Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: TBD
K-12 Lead: Theresa Bennett, Director, Office of Assessment, Delaware Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Carol Vukelich, Professor, University of Delaware
K-12 Lead: Brian Reiter, Testing Director, Hawaii State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Debora Halbert, Associate Vice President, Academic Planning and Policy, University of Hawaii
K-12 Leads: Karlynn Laraway, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Idaho State Department of Education, and Alison Henken, Manager of K-12 Accountability and Project Program Manager, Idaho State Board of Education
Higher Education Lead: Randall Brumfield, Chief Academic Officer, Idaho State Board of Education
K-12 Lead: Charity Flores, Director, Division of Assessment, Indiana Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: TBD
K-12 Lead: Andrew Middlestead, Director, Office of Standards and Assessment, Michigan Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Jenny Shanker, Director of Research and Institutional Practice, Michigan Community College Association; Will Emerson, Director of Student Success Initiatives, Michigan Association of State Universities
K-12 Lead: Ashley McGrath, Assessment Director, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Higher Education Lead: Angela McLean, Director, American Indian and Minority Achievement, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
K-12 Lead: Peter Zutz, Administrator of Assessment, Data & Accountability Management, Nevada Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: William Speer, Director of the UNLV Mathematics Learning Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
K-12 Lead: Tony Bertrand, Education Specialist, English Language Arts and Social Sciences, Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Oregon Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Erin Weeks-Earp, Alignment and Articulation Policy Specialist, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
K-12 Lead: Becky Nelson, Director, Division of Learning & Instruction, South Dakota Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: TBD
U.S. Virgin Islands
K-12 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 Lead: Michael Hock, Director of Educational Assessment, Vermont Agency of Education
Higher Education Lead: Yasmine L. Ziesler, Chief Academic & Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges
K-12 Lead: Anton Jackson, Director of Assessment Development, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Higher Education Lead: Bill Moore, Director of K-12 Partnerships, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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 seven positions: Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, two At-Large K-12 positions, one Higher Education positions, and one Post-Secondary Careers position. Executive Committee members and chairs are elected by the Governing members.
Michelle Center, Chair
Director, Assessment Development and Administration Division, California Department of Education
Karlynn Laraway, Chair-Elect
Director of Assessment and Accountability, Idaho State Department of Education
Deb Came, Past Chair
Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Student Information, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Carolina Cardenas, Higher Education Representative
Director for Academic Outreach and Early Assessment, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Charity Flores, Member-at-Large Representative
Director, Division of Assessment, Indiana Department of Education
Dan Farley, Member-at-Large Representative
Director of Educational Assessment, Vermont Agency of Education
Strategic Plan 2017-2022
During a yearlong process, consortium members identified opportunities for Smarter Balanced to maintain the quality of its assessment system while also looking to innovate and evolve in response to a changing education landscape. These insights informed the development of the Strategic Plan 2017-2022.Download the Strategic Plan
Learn more about the Strategic Plan:
- A Balanced Assessment System (PDF): Describes the three components of the Smarter Balanced System and includes key talking points about Smarter Balanced.
- Strategic Plan at a Glance (PDF): Provides a one-page summary of Strategic Plan goals and strategies.
- Strategic Plan Goal #5 (PDF): A one-page version of our long-term goal and accompanying strategies.