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Andy Porter is Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education there. He was previously the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and director of the Learning Sciences Institute at Vanderbilt University. He has published widely on education policy, student assessment, education indicators, research on teaching, and principal assessment. Currently, he has research support from the US Department of Education/IES (principal investigator, The Development and Validation of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education; co-principal investigator, 21st Century Research and Development Center on Cognition and Science Education) and the National Science Foundation (co-principal investigator, Meta-Analysis Study of the Effects of Teacher Professional Development with a Math or Science Content Focus on Improving Teaching and Learning; senior researcher, How Does Induction and Continuing Professional Development Affect Middle School Mathematics Teachers’ Instruction and Student Achievement?). He is an elected member and vice president of the National Academy of Education, lifetime national associate of the National Academies, and past-president of the American Educational Research Association.

Laura McGiffert Slover is a native Washingtonian with over 16 years of experience in the field of education in both the classroom and the policy community. Laura is the Senior Vice President of Content and Policy Research at Achieve – a non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st century. Through Achieve, she has advised district, state, and national policy makers on policies and practices in the area of standards and assessments, including the development of Common Core State Standards and the launch and oversight of the 15 state American Diploma Project (ADP) Assessment Consortium, one of two existing multistate assessment partnerships. Laura has been a member of the DC Board of Education since early 2007. Laura earned B.A. in English and American literature from Harvard University; an M.A. in education curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder; and an M.A. in education policy from Georgetown University.

Monty Neill is Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). He chairs the Forum on Educational Accountability, an alliance working to overhaul federal education law. Under his leadership, FairTest has worked on graduation tests and other high-stakes tests with organizations in many states.He has co-authored Failing Our Children, a report analyzing the federal No Child Left Behind Act and providing guidance toward new, helpful accountability systems. He led the National Forum on Assessment in developing Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems, signed by over 80 national and regional education and civil rights organizations. He also authored Implementing Performance Assessments: A Guide to Classroom School and System Reform, and Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems, the first comprehensive evaluation of all 50 state testing programs. He earned an Ed.D. Doctorate at Harvard University, has taught and has been an administrator in pre-school, high school and college.




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