Dr. Karin Hess
Senior Associate at the National Center for Assessment since 2002, Karin brings to the Center's work over 30 years of deep experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
has become a recognized national leader in developing practical approaches for designing and using learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.
has distinguished herself as a content and curriculum and assessment expert in multiple content areas and has effectively guided many states and US territories in the development of grade level expectations and test specifications for both general education and alternate assessments for significantly cognitively disabled students.
experiences as a state director of gifted education for New Jersey and as a district curriculum director, building principal, and classroom teacher (15 years) enable her
to understand the practical implications of her
work while maintaining fidelity to research, technical quality, and established best practices.
Dr. Hess has also worked as a program evaluator for the Vermont Mathematics Project; as a content specialist for development of the Vermont Science assessment; and as the developer and editor of Science Exemplars (www.exemplars.com).
has authored and co-authored books, book chapters, articles, and white papers related to instructional practices, alignment, cognitive rigor, text complexity, and assessment.