NAESP Webinar: Update on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Description:  Find out the latest on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s progress in developing next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. You’ll learn about sample assessment items and performance tasks as a preview of what to expect in the Smarter Balanced assessments. Willhoft will also discuss plans for the pilot test of the assessments in early 2013, which will be open to all schools in Smarter Balanced member states. To learn more about Smarter Balanced, please visit:


Joe Willhoft is the executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, before which for six years, he was assistant superintendent for assessment and student information for the state of Washington. His responsibilities there included design and implementation of Washington’s assessment program and collection and reporting of student information for the state’s longitudinal student database. Before moving to state-level work, Willhoft directed assessment and evaluation activities at the local level for more than 20 years, primarily in the Tacoma School District in Washington and in Charles County schools in Maryland. 

Willhoft has a doctorate in educational measurement and statistics from the University of Maryland.  He is past president of the Maryland Assessment Group and the Washington Educational Research Association, and was a founding member of the AERA Special Interest Group for Classroom-Based Assessment.  He has been involved in several collaborative data and assessment efforts, including the Technical Work Group for a congressionally-mandated evaluation of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and as chair of the NAEP Policy Task Force for the National Assessment Governing Board, a collaborative effort co-sponsored by the Board and the Council of Chief State School Officers.  He has served on the Technical Advisory Committee for several states. He has a master’s degree in Special Education, and in his more than 40-year career has taught at all grade levels from kindergarten to graduate school – his favorite being third grade.