Area of Work

Standards, Assessment, & Accountability

WestEd helps clients develop comprehensive standards and standards-based assessment and accountability systems. Our work impacts students of all ages and learning paths, including early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and career technical education..

We partner with clients nationwide, providing policy guidance and assessment design services responsive to local contexts. We create customized, research-based solutions that fairly and validly gauge student performance, and we provide guidance for educators and policymakers on making the best use of results.

Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Andy Latham

    Andrew Latham

    Director, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services

    Andrew Latham has been a national leader in education assessment for more than two decades. As Director of WestEd’s Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services program, Latham works with national organizations, states, schools, and districts to develop innovative solutions for assessing and setting standards for students and teachers.

    Latham has spent his entire career in education and assessment, focusing on ways to enhance teacher quality and improve student learning.

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    Deb Sigman

    Senior Program Director, Comprehensive School Assistance Program

    Deb Sigman draws on her state and national leadership experience in education policy, student assessment, accountability, and the use of educational data to develop and deliver technical assistance regarding the integration of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

    Sigman serves as the Senior Advisor to the national Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation and recently co-authored “Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System,” a practical resource for states and school districts as they consider their current and future assessments.