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 email@example.com.
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: Tom Deeter, Lead Consultant, Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability, Iowa Department of Education
Higher Education Lead: Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents
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
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
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
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 a chair, a chair-elect, a past-chair, four representatives from four separate Governing members, two representatives from higher education, and one representative for post-secondary careers. Executive Committee members and chairs are elected by the Governing members.
Deputy Superintendent, District, School, and Innovation Branch
California Department of Education
Director of Assessment and Accountability
South Dakota Department of Education
Executive Committee Members
Director, Academic Outreach and Early Assessment
California State University, Office of the Chancellor
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
Chief Performance Officer
Connecticut State Department of Education
Director of Educational Assessment
Vermont Agency of Education