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Andrew Latham

Andrew Latham, a national leader in education assessment for more than two decades, is the Director of the Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services (SAAS) program at WestEd. Latham works closely with national organizations, states, schools, and districts to develop innovative solutions for assessing and setting standards for students and teachers. SAAS is recognized for creating assessment systems that are valid, fair, and aligned with rigorous standards, and for providing state and national policy guidance on building aligned student, school, and educator accountability systems. The focus of SAAS's assessment and standards reviews range from language arts, mathematics, science, and social science to emerging fields, such as college and career readiness. As SAAS Director, Latham oversees assessments for both general education and special populations, as well as alignment studies, standards reviews, and research on appropriate access of standards and fair assessment for all student populations. Prior to joining WestEd, Latham served in various executive roles at Educational Testing Service (ETS), including leading large-scale K–12 assessment and teacher licensure programs. He also served as Associate Vice-President of ETS's Global Division and spent two years in the United Kingdom running the national Standard Assessment Tests program. A former English and mathematics teacher, Latham has spent his entire career in education and assessment, focusing on ways to enhance teacher quality and improve student learning. Latham earned a bachelor's degree in English and American literature from Harvard University, a master's in English literature from Boston University, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Temple University.