Rachel serves as the deputy director of student supports. She oversees the Consortium’s efforts to consider the needs of diverse learners, including English learners, students with disabilities, and English learners with disabilities throughout the development of the full assessment system. She provides support to Smarter Balanced work groups, advisory committees, advocacy groups, and assessment experts to improve assessments for diverse learners.
Rachel received her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder from the educational equity and cultural diversity program which addresses the educational needs of English learners and students with disabilities. Her research interests have centered on improving large-scale assessment for diverse learners. She utilizes mixed methods to address ways in which testing practices in large-scale assessment can be improved to attain validity for all students. She has conducted research for the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, in addition to having experience teaching in public schools. Rachel earned a Masters degree in Spanish language and linguistics from New York University.