As a Senior Assessment Project Director at WestEd, Amy Washburn oversees the coordinated management of WestEd’s portfolio of large-scale assessment work.
Washburn provides direct oversight of contracts with the Louisiana Department of Education, directing the LEAP Social Studies and LEAP Science projects. She also oversees WestEd’s contributions to the revised Arizona English Language Learner Assessment project in which WestEd works closely with Pearson NCS to support the Arizona Department of Education. In addition, Washburn is one of three Senior Operations Leads coordinating operational and quality procedures across WestEd.
In her more than two decades with WestEd, Washburn has worked on a wide range of assessment projects, from supporting local initiatives, such as the Cincinnati Public Schools project, to overseeing large-scale projects with the states of Nevada and Massachusetts and contributing to broad consortium initiatives such as Smarter Balanced. Throughout, Washburn has played a role in managing staffing resources across WestEd’s assessment-focused portfolio. In 2011, she received WestEd’s Paul D. Hood Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field in recognition of this work.
Prior to joining WestEd, Washburn taught eighth-grade mathematics as a member of the first cohort of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, partnered to teach a fourth-grade classroom in Monterey, California, and taught courses in theater arts at the University of Texas, Austin.
Washburn is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds PMP certification. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and received her teaching certificate from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Her undergraduate degree is from Barnard College.