As Director of Psychometrics at Smarter Balanced, Matt oversees psychometric and research operations and contributes to process improvement and strategic planning. Before joining Smarter Balanced, Matt served as Vice President, Research and Test Development, Pacific Metrics Corporation, where he provided leadership on high-stakes, customized assessment development, psychometric issues, research studies, applied statistics, reporting, and automated scoring.
Matt’s previous experience includes principal research statistician at ACT, Inc. where he developed techniques based on item response theory and domain scores for assigning students to achievement levels, and for quantifying the consistency and accuracy of achievement level scores. He also served as director of testing at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, where he supervised research and development for transitioning the nursing licensure examination to a computer adaptive format.
Matt holds a Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Psychology from Washington State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University. He brings over 20 years of experience in assessment and has published widely in the area of educational measurement, his articles frequently referenced by others in the field. He regularly serves as a consultant to state boards of education, school districts, and licensure and certification boards on topics of equating, vertical scaling, job analysis, and computerized testing.