Joe Wilhoft, executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, will retire at the end of this year, my colleague Catherine Gewertz wrote yesterday, to be replaced by chief operating officer Tony Alpert.
But that’s not the only change happening in the group’s leadership.
Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to deputy director of content for the organization. And Magda Chia, director of support for underrepresented students, is being promoted to director of system design.
The group is looking to fill both positions.
The personnel changes dovetail with other major transitions for the organization. Smarter Balanced is in the midst of transitioning from a federally grant-funded organization to a unit of the University of California-Los Angeles. The consortium will be funded by member states’ contracts for services related to the assessments, which debut this spring.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated Cole’s new title.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.