Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Appointment of Senior Assessment Fellows

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
January 22, 2014
Dear District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
APPOINTMENT OF SENIOR ASSESSMENT FELLOWS

I am pleased to announce the appointment of four Senior Assessment Fellows who will help to enhance the collaboration, relationships, and communication between the California Department of Education (CDE), and local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure the successful implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), including the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test.

The Senior Assessment Fellows, whose positions with the CDE are made possible by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and supported by the CDE, consist of four members who will have responsibility for different regions of the state. The Senior Assessment Fellows are Paula Carroll, Dr. Gina Koency, Kathy Caric, and Mary Tribbey. These individuals have a wide range of backgrounds, including experience as K–12 and university classroom teachers; site-, district-, and county-level administrators; and assessment program coordinators. Their experience also includes working with the CDE on numerous assessment-related projects.

The Senior Assessment Fellows will focus on several priorities related to the implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments beginning with the Field Test, and will include collaborating with the CDE and its contractors on identifying issues and promptly developing strategies, resources, and solutions; developing and delivering a variety of presentations statewide; developing and providing a toolkit for LEAs to identify assessment resources; expanding outreach efforts to include a full range of stakeholders; sharing best practices for implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments; and gathering and analyzing data regarding the effectiveness of the communications and outreach efforts.

Please join me in welcoming the Senior Assessment Fellows. If you have any questions regarding these outstanding additions to our assessment team, please contact the Assessment Support and Outreach Office at 916-445-8517.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT: mm

Last Reviewed: Monday, April 27, 2015

Share this Page

Recently Posted in Testing

  • CAASPP Update, Issue 151 (added 28-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress e-mail update, April 27, 2016.
  • CA Assessment System Expansion Recommendations (PDF) (added 28-Apr-2016)
    Four recommendations to expand California’s Comprehensive Assessment System.
  • Digital Library State Network of Educators (updated 15-Apr-2016)
    Information on the State Network of Educators (SNE), a team of educators which evaluates resources for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices.
  • Meet an SNE Member (updated 15-Apr-2016)
    As a new attribute, CDE will be introducing one of California’s outstanding members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) each month.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 149 (added 14-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 13, 2016.

  • Summative Assessments Message Shifts (added 14-Apr-2016)
    Messaging Shifts for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments What Parents Want to Know.
  • Formative Assessment in Action Video Series (updated 12-Apr-2016)
    The Formative Assessment in Action Video Series (hyperlink to YouTube channel) features California members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment techniques in their classrooms.
  • 2016-17 and 2017-18 CELDT Information Guide (PDF) (added 11-Apr-2016)
    2016–17 and 2017–18 California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Information Guide
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 148 (added 11-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 6, 2016.
  • Assessment Apportionments (updated 05-Apr-2016)
    Information regarding apportionment to reimburse local educational agencies (LEAs) for specified annual assessment testing.