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.
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.
is recognized nationally for her
research and work with learning progressions and cognitive rigor.
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.
has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles on educational assessment issues.