Acknowledgements

Smarter Balanced staff appreciate the contributions of district staff and member education agency staff who provided insights into their successful implementation practices, lessons learned, and suggestions for improvement to share with districts across the Consortium. These district staff participated in phone interviews or submitted reports for the CAASPP Spotlight Project. In addition, we thank WestEd for assembling this critical guide for educators.

California

  • Grace Love, Director, Accountability & Assessment, Alhambra Unified School District
  • Pamela Millspaugh, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Kerman Unified School District
  • Son Lieu, Instructional Specialist, Data and Assessment, Alhambra Unified School District
  • Sandeep Jaspal, Assistant Principal, Kerman-Floyd Elementary, Kerman Unified School District
  • Ann Wilson, Instructional Specialist, Elementary ELD, Alhambra Unified School District
  • Gabe Melgoza, Assistant Principal, Liberty Elementary School, Kerman Unified School District
  • Nicole Johnston, Director of Assessment, Cupertino Union School District
  • Michele Carvalho, Literacy Coach, Goldenrod Elementary, Kerman Unified School District
  • Rhonda Robertson, Director, Program Evaluation Services, Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Karen Gray, Teacher on Special Assignment, Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Leisha Morton, Curriculum Specialist, Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Melinda Cheatwood, Literacy Coach, Kerman Middle School, Kerman Unified School District
  • Jean Malashock, Instructional Coach, Cupertino Union School District
  • Erin Gordon, Director, Assessment Services, San Diego Unified School District
  • Andi Jackson, Instructional Coach, Cupertino Union School District
  • Sameet Patel, Instructional Coach, Cupertino Union School District
  • Susan Green, Director, Assessment, San Juan Unified School District
  • Michelle Savko, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Sierra Sands Unified School District
  • Rosalina Rivera, Superintendent, Delano Union Elementary School District
  • Shirley Kennedy, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Sierra Sands Unified School District
  • April Gregerson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Delano Union Elementary School District
  • April Penitsch, Resource Specialist, Eshelman Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District

Special thanks to the following California districts that participated in Big Idea #7:

  • Carlsbad Unified School District (K–12; Enrollment 11,000+)
    • Rob Nye, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
    • Megan Arias, Director of Secondary Schools
    • Kim Huesing, Director of Elementary Schools
    • Joe Hartman, Director of Educational Technology
    • Tim Evanson, Director of Pupil Services
  • Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (K-8; Enrollment 5000+)
    • Candace Singh, Ed. D. Superintendent
    • Lea Curcio, Director, Curriculum and Instruction
    • Joe Kniseley, Principal
    • Angie Taylor, Teacher on Special Assignment
  • Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (K–8; Enrollment 3600+)
    • Karen Schauer, Superintendent
    • Claudia Del Toro-Anguiano, Curriculum Director
    • Donna Mayo-Whitlock, Educational Services Director
    • Lois Yount, Principal Coach
  • Ontario-Montclair School District (K­­–8; Enrollment 21,800+)
    • Tammy Lipschultz, Assistant Superintendent, Learning and Teaching
    • Jennifer Clark, Director Curriculum and Instruction
    • Jeremy Wood, Director II, Research and Assessment
    • Veronica Bucheli, Director, West Learning Region
    • Marco Villegas, Director, East Learning Region
    • Lizette Diaz, Director English Learners and Plan Development
    • Dolores Alvarado, Director II, Special Education
  • Whittier City Schools (K–8; Enrollment 6000+)
    • Alicia Aceves, Assistant Superintendent Instructional Services
    • Angie Baltierra, Curriculum Coordinator

Connecticut

  • Sheila Osko, Test Coordinator, Norwich Public Schools
  • Karen Urgitis, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Norwich Public Schools
  • Abe Krisst, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Lisa Higgins, Special Education Teacher/AT Support/Programmatic Support, Waterbury Public Schools

Idaho

  • Lisa Sexton, Assistant Superintendent, Lakeland School District
  • Shana Hosteller, Classroom Teacher, Lakeland School District
  • Lynn Paslay, Principal, Betty Kiefer Elementary, Lakeland School District
  • Nancy Thomas Price, Coordinator of Assessment, Idaho Department of Education
  • Patricia Morrison, Title 1 Director, Lakeland School District
  • Mike Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Coeur d’Alene School District
  • Matthew Handleman, Superintendent, Coeur d’Alene School District
  • Trina Caudle, Director of Secondary Education, Coeur d’Alene School District
  • Karen Orozco, Director of Elementary Education, Coeur d’Alene School District
  • Jeanne-Marie Kopecky, Director of Outreach at the Idaho Education Services for the Deaf and Blind
  • Kathy Luras, Curriculum Coordinator, Pocatello/Chubbuck School District
  • Carol Scholz PhD, M.Ed., Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Boise School District

Virgin Islands

  • Saul Santiago, Ph.D., District Director of Data & Assessment, St. Croix District, USVI Department of Education
  • Carla Howard, Assessment Director, St. Thomas/St. John District, USVI Department of Education

Washington

  • Terry Campbell, Coordinator of Student Assessment, Everett Public Schools
  • Laura Bay, Assessment Coordinator/TOSA, Bremerton School District
  • Sarah Rich, Executive Director of Assessment, Research, and Accountability, North Thurston Public Schools
  • Tara Richerson, District Assessment Coordinator, Tumwater School District
  • Theresa (Tere) Hernandez, Teacher, Toppenish School District
  • Dawn Hartung, Office of Assessment, Research and Evaluation Services, Vancouver Public Schools
  • Marchand Connolly, K-6 Math Instructional Facilitator, Tumwater School District
  • Emily Rosenberger, Teacher, Deer Park School District
  • Rachel Nichols, Assessment Coordinator, North Thurston Public Schools