Advisory Committees

National Development Advisory Council (NDAC)

The NDAC is comprised of leading researchers in the field of testing, language acquisition, and professional development. They advise the ASSETS Consortium and subcommittees on each of their areas of expertise.


  • Cheryl Alcaya (Minnesota Department of Education)
  • Carol Chapelle (University of Iowa)
  • Alison Bailey (UCLA)
  • Margaret Heritage (UCLA)
  • Joan Jamieson (Northern Arizona)
  • Rebecca Kopriva (WCER)
  • Robert Linquanti (WestEd)
  • Edward Roeber (Michigan State University)
  • Mary J Schleppegrell (University of Michigan)
  • Aida Walqui (WestEd)

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC advises the ASSETS Consortium on the psychometric issues of testing and any proposed policies or policy changes with psychometric implications.


  • Jamal Abedi (UC Davis)
  • Lyle Bachman (UCLA)
  • Aki Kamata (Southern Methodist University, TX)
  • Tim Kurtz (Hanover High School, New Hampshire)
  • Carol Myford (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Steering Committee


  • The steering committee is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Consortium and subcommittees.
  • The purpose of the steering committee is to:
    • Provide input and direction to the ASSETS Consortium related to the design and implementation of the ASSETS Assessment System
    • Vet policy and priority issues related to the implementation, research, and development of the ASSETS online assessment system
    • Represent the interests and direction of states
    • Disseminate information and seek input from states


  • Membership is open to all ASSETS member SEAs.
  • The steering committee shall consist of a minimum of seven members, but no more than nine.
  • The current list of members is available in the Consortium Management Plan PDF Icon

Appointment Process

  • Wisconsin, as the lead state and fiscal agent, shall appoint steering committee members in consultation with the project management partner and member SEAs. Appointments are of individuals who represent their SEAs, and will be based on their ability to:
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to ASSETS vision and mission
    • Bring to the steering committee distinctive perspectives, backgrounds, skills and capacities needed to establish the policies that guide the Consortium
    • Devote the time and energy required to meet the responsibilities of steering committee members, including active attendance and informed participation in meetings of the full steering committee
    • Participate or engage in subcommittee discussion as appropriate, but not necessarily as active chair in a subcommittee.
    • Represent the diversity of regions and EL populations of the Consortium.



  • The purpose of the subcommittees is to support and advise the steering committee on a variety of issues related to the ASSETS project.


  • Membership is open to all ASSETS Consortium member SEAs.
  • ASSETS member SEAs may have representation on more than one subcommittee.
  • The current list of members is available in the Consortium Management Plan PDF icon

Subcommittee Overview

Subcommittee Name

1. Accommodations

The Accommodations subcommittee will work with project partners, stakeholders, and national experts to ensure that appropriate accommodations for English learners with disabilities can be provided on the new ASSETS assessments. The committee will recommend for adoption a common set of policies to promote equitable student participation in the new assessments, including designing and developing accommodations, accommodations policies, and methods for standardizing the use of accommodations for English learners with disabilities.

2. Reporting

The Reporting subcommittee will work with project partners, stakeholders, and national experts to assist in designing a reporting system that meets the needs of educators, parents, students, administrators, policy makers, researchers, and the public.

3. EL Definition

The EL Definition subcommittee will recommend alternatives for establishing a common definition of English learner with respect to initial classification, using the screener and associated achievement standards, and exiting, using the annual summative assessment and associated achievement standards.

4. Technology

The Technology subcommittee will provide guidance and expertise on developing and implementing technology-based summative and benchmark assessments; reporting; training tools; and readiness tools.

5. Interim Assessment

The Interim Assessment subcommittee will serve as the first point of contact for timely feedback on work generated by WIDA.