Members and Governance

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

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: Senan Hayes, Professor, Western Connecticut State University


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: Jessica Eilertson, Director, State Assessment, 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

North Carolina

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: Mary Anderson, Director of Assessment, Office of Assessment and Accountability, Oregon Department of Education

Higher Education Lead: Lisa Reynolds, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

South Dakota*

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 Adult Education, High School Completion Program, Vermont Agency of Education

Higher Education Lead: Yasmine L. Ziesler, Chief Academic & Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges


K-12 State Lead: Deb Came, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Student Information, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Higher Education Lead: Randy Spaulding, Director of Academic Affairs, Washington Student Achievement Council

Executive Committee

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.

Abby Javurek, Chair
Director of Assessment and Accountability, South Dakota Department of Education

Keric Ashley, Past Chair
Deputy Superintendent, District, School, and Innovation Branch, California Department of Education

Duncan Robb, Chair-Elect
Chief Policy Advisor, Idaho State Department of Education

Deb Came
Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Student Information, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Katherine Mahoney
Program Administrator, Workforce Education Division, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Randy Spaulding, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs and Policy, Washington Student Achievement Council

Michael Hock
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.

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