Bryan Hemberg serves as the Director of Assessment for Learning at WestEd, leading WestEd’s efforts to develop systemic capacity within states, districts, and schools regarding the use of evidence to build student and educator agency and improve teaching and learning practices. Hemberg also serves as a Deputy Director of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center (R15CC) housed at WestEd. The R15CC provides technical assistance to extend the capacity of the state education agencies in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. Hemberg supports the management of over 40 projects that, through capacity-building technical assistance, content expertise, and direct service, address high-priority educational issues in the region. Also, as the Director of the Center for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability at WestEd, Hemberg leads efforts to strengthen equitable learning outcomes for all students by supporting educators in the development and use of rigorous standards and student-focused assessment and accountability practices.
As a lifetime educator, Hemberg has focused on improving education systems through an equitable, coherent, and connected approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Hemberg’s expertise in education policy, student assessment, and accountability facilitates meaningful and successful partnerships with state, regional, and local education agencies. The partnerships develop and support a culture of rigorous, equitable learning opportunities for all students.
Before joining WestEd, Hemberg served in management roles at the American Institutes for Research, including leading large-scale alternate assessment development and teacher professional learning programs. He also worked to further IES-funded research on professional learning systems while working at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA.
Hemberg has authored multiple publications on education policy and practice relating to standards, assessment, and accountability.
Hemberg received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and an MA in special education from Loyola Marymount University. A former special education teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Hemberg has spent his entire career striving to improve outcomes for all students.