California’s Sigman Elected Smarter Balanced Executive Committee Co-Chair

OLYMPIA, Wash. – February 15, 2013 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced today that Governing States elected Deborah Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the California Department of Education, Executive Committee Co-Chair. Along with Joseph Martineau, Ph.D., Sigman will oversee the work of the Executive Committee and collaborate with Consortium staff, leadership, and advisory committees.
Sigman will complete the term of Carissa Miller, Ph.D., who stepped down this month. Sigman was elected to the Executive Committee in July 2012, and has served as the state lead to the Consortium since California joined Smarter Balanced in June 2011.
“Deb’s experience implementing large-scale assessments in California is a tremendous asset to our work,” said Executive Committee Co-Chair Joseph Martineau of Michigan. “I am pleased that she will continue to provide leadership and guidance as we move closer to the implementation of the assessment system in the 2014-15 school year.”
Sigman has more than 35 years of experience in educational assessment and accountability. As head of the District, School & Innovation Branch of the California Department of Education, she oversees student assessment, state and federal accountability, federally funded educational programs, educational data management, and charter schools. Previously, Sigman served as California’s testing director, where she helped launch the Early Assessment Program (EAP). A collaborative effort between the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the California State University, the EAP measures college readiness of high school students to help ensure they can enter credit-bearing postsecondary courses.
“Smarter Balanced provides an unprecedented opportunity for 24 member states to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core,” said Sigman. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to ensure the Consortium delivers a high-quality assessment system that gives educators the tools they need to improve teaching and learning for all our students.”
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 two co-chairs, four representatives from four separate Governing States, one representative from the Lead Procurement State (Washington state), and two representatives from higher education.
Sigman’s election creates a vacancy on the Executive Committee for a Governing State member. Smarter Balanced will begin the process of electing another representative immediately.



About Smarter Balanced
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together states to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven process to help all students thrive in a knowledge-driven global economy. The Consortium’s projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, comprising 99 percent of activity resources, with the remaining support provided through generous contributions of charitable foundations. Membership is open to any interested U.S. state. For more information, please visit

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