We are honored to have Sue Gendron join the International Center as a Senior Fellow (June 2010). Sue also serves as Policy Coordinator for SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of three consortia that have submitted proposals to design assessments to measure attainment of the new standards. Their role is to guide the development and implementation of a next generation assessment system that will reshape educational practice in strategic ways and improve learning outcomes for students. The new assessments will engage students in more meaningful demonstrations of their knowledge, which will require more emphasis on engaged learning, discovery through experience, differentiated teaching, lifelong skills, and innovative and effective classroom instructional practices.
Sue’s expert ability to convert policy to best practices and her unwavering commitment to raising standards, improving student performance, and restructuring education programs will be a tremendous asset as we support state, district and school leaders transition to the Common Core Standards.