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Joan Herman

Joan Herman

Co-Director (Emeritus)


Phone: 310-206-3701 Fax: 310-825-3883 Email:

Biography/Research

Joan Herman is Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Her research has explored the effects of testing on schools and the design of assessment systems to support school planning and instructional improvement. Her recent work focuses on the teachers' formative assessment practices and the assessment of deeper learning.  She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform.

Dr. Herman is noted for her work bridging research and practice, and her Turnaround Toolkit and Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment have been popular resources for schools across the country. A former teacher and school board member, Dr. Herman also has published extensively in research journals and is a frequent speaker to policy audiences on evaluation and assessment topics. She is past president of the California Educational Research Association; has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association, including Member at Large, Secretary of Division H, and Program Chair; and is a frequent contributor at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, where she currently serves on the National Academies’ Board on Testing and Assessment

Recently elected to the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Herman is current editor of Educational Assessment, served on the Joint Committee for the Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and co-leads the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation, a collaboration of CRESST, WestEd, and ten regional centers that support states’ transition to college and career-ready standards.