As the Director of Assessment for Learning, Bryan Hemberg leads WestEd’s efforts to develop the capacity within states, districts, and schools to use evidence to increase student agency and improve educators’ assessment practices.
Hemberg also serves as the Deputy Director of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center (R15 CC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The R15 CC provides technical assistance to extend the capacity of the state education agencies in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. In addition, Hemberg leads WestEd’s Center for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability, which supports educators in the development and use of rigorous standards and student-focused assessment and accountability practices. Hemberg is a senior advisor and content expert on multiple projects, including the evaluation of Colorado’s Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act and the development of assessment literacy within the Kentucky Department of Education.
Prior to 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, and he supported innovative research within the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA.
Hemberg has authored multiple publications on education policy and practice as they relate 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.