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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
= Governing Member
Bureau of Indian Education*
K-12 State Lead: Brian Bough, Bureau of Indian Education
K-12 State Lead: Michelle Center, Director of Assessment Development & Administration Division, 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
K-12 State Lead: Abe Krisst, Academic Office Bureau Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: TBD
K-12 State Lead: Theresa Bennett, Director, Office of Assessment, Delaware Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Carol Vukelich, Professor, University of Delaware
K-12 State Lead: Brian Reiter, Testing Director, Hawaii State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Joanne Itano, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, University of Hawaii
K-12 State Lead: Karlynn Laraway, Interim Director, Division of Assessment, Idaho State Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Randall Brumfield, Chief Academic Officer, Idaho State Board of Education
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
K-12 State 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 State 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 State Lead: Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Operations, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Higher Education Lead: Alisa Chapman, Vice President for Academic and University Programs, University of North Carolina
K-12 State Lead: Dan Farley, Director of Assessment, Office of Assessment and Accountability, Oregon Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Erin Weeks-Earp , Alignment and Articulation Policy Specialist, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
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
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
K-12 State 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 State Lead: Anton Jackson, Director of Assessment Development, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Higher Education Lead: Randy Spaulding, Director of Academic Affairs, Washington Student Achievement Council
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.
Deb Came, Chair
Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Student Information, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Michelle Center, Chair Elect
Director, Assessment Development and Administration Division, California Department of Education
Carolina Cardenas, Higher Education Representative
Director for Academic Outreach and Early Assessment, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Michael Hock, Member-at-Large Representative
Director of Educational Assessment, Vermont Agency of Education
Karlynn Laraway, Member-at-Large Representative
Director of Assessment and Accountability, Idaho State Department 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.