Executive Director, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity
A Look to the Future
Raymond L. Pecheone, PhD, is the executive director of the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), which focuses on the development of pre-service and teacher evaluation performance assessments for teachers and administrators and a performance-based system for student assessment to support the development of the next generation of formative and summative assessments at the district, state, and federal levels.
He has held a variety of leadership roles in the Connecticut State Department of Education in Curriculum, Research, Testing, and Assessment. As bureau chief, he oversaw the development and implementation of curriculum frameworks, the development of high stakes state student assessments and teacher and administrator performance-based licensure assessments, as well as developing programs to support teacher induction and evaluation.
Dr. Pecheone cofounded the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), which is housed at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Additionally, he co-developed one of the first performance assessments for principal licensure, called the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT). He also co-directed with the University of Pittsburgh the first Assessment Development Laboratory (ADL) to develop assessments for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This work pioneered the development of portfolio and assessment center activities as the basis for National Board certification. As part of a sabbatical at Teachers College, Columbia University, he directed the redesign of the New York student assessment system including the Regents Examination. Many of the features of the redesign have been incorporated into the current New York assessment system.
Dr. Pecheone's teacher induction and teacher assessment program, the Beginning Educator Support and Training Program (BEST), has received national attention and received an award of excellence for educational innovations by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). In addition, he consulted with the Educational Testing Service to design and create the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). The SLLA was constructed to provide a reliable, fair, and valid assessment to measure the knowledge and skills of principals and other school leaders.
Dr. Pecheone has published extensively on topics including human capital development, teacher quality, and teacher and student performance assessment.