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Senior Associate

Local Address: Burlington, Vermont, United States
National Center for Assessment

Employment History

  • Senior Associate
    Center for Assessment
  • Professional Development Specialist
    Vermont Institute for Science , Mathematics and Technology
  • Curriculum Coordinator
    Vermont Institute for Science , Mathematics and Technology
  • Exemplars
  • Principal
    Thatcher Brook Primary School
  • Global Center For College
  • Editor
    Science Exemplars K-8

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctorate , Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    University of Vermont
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Dr. Karin Hess Senior ..., 28 Feb 2015 [cached]
Dr. Karin Hess Senior Associate - National Center for Assessment
Dr. Karin Hess, Senior Associate with the National Center for Assessment (NCIEA) since 2002, brings to our work over 30 years of deep experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has assisted more than a dozen states in major development of grade level expectations, revisions to state content standards, and in creating detailed assessment specifications aligned to content standards that are both educationally and technically sound. Dr. Hess is recognized nationally for her research and work with learning progressions and cognitive rigor. Dr. Hess is one of the principal architects of the Smarter Balanced Assessment design.
Most recently, her work has focused on development and alignment of educationally sound and accessible locally-based assessments; the use of content-based learning progressions for progress monitoring; and assessment practices that support improved achievement. In addition to 20+ years as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher and K-12 school administrator, Dr. Hess has worked at the NJ Department of Education as state director for gifted education, a program evaluator for the Vermont Mathematics Project; as a content specialist for development of the Vermont state science assessment; and as the developer/editor of Science Exemplars performance assessments. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles on educational assessment issues.
Contact Us | Center for Assessment, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Karin Hess Senior Associate
Publications | Center for Assessment, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
You can now also view a short video posted on YouTube, "Text Complexity Tools," where Dr. Karin Hess explains the 8 factors that affect text complexity. LESS Karin Hess
Educational Team | Exemplars, 30 Jan 2015 [cached]
Karin Hess
Editor of Science Exemplars K-8
Karin Hess is the principal at Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, Vermont. She is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Karen's dissertation is focused on the challenges of implementing standards-based performance assessment in Vermont schools. Prior to becoming a principal, Karin was a curriculum coordinator for a Vermont district and the professional development specialist for the Vermont Institute for Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Hess, Carlock, Jones, and ..., 23 Oct 2014 [cached]
Hess, Carlock, Jones, and Walkup. (2009). What Exactly Do "Fewer, Clearer, and Higher Standards" Really Look Like in the Classroom? Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to Analyze Curriculum, Plan Lessons, and Implement Assessments. A joint-collaboration between Karin Hess of the National Center for Assessment and The Standards Company LLC, this paper introduced Cognitive Rigor and the Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Hess Matrix) to the educational community. Hess, Jones, Carlock, and Walkup. (2009) Cognitive Rigor: Blending the Strengths of Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Enhance Classroom-level Processes. ERIC publication ED517804.
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