Vice President, Assessment Design and Development
Terran Brown’s interest in assessment began with a very personal connection. Married to a teacher, he would use his statistical knowledge to help his wife analyze test results in her class during his grad school days.
That interest bloomed following the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, when Terran became interested in how research could inform the impact of state summative assessments on disadvantaged students. While in graduate school, Terran had the opportunity to serve as an Urban Education Research Fellow in the large and diverse Los Angeles Unified School District, where he contributed to evaluations of several district initiatives aimed at closing the Black-White achievement gap, improving science instruction through technology, and improving reading literacy.
Terran held several roles over 15 years at ETS, most recently Executive Director of Psychometrics for Student and Teacher Assessments. In that role he led a team of 60 psychometricians, psychometric analysts and data analysts who were responsible for a broad set of operational and research activities. He has led the psychometric work on assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, the Alternate Achievement Standards (for English language arts, mathematics, and science), and the English Language Proficiency Standards. He also supported the technical development of educator preparation certification assessments, as well as English as a second language assessment for young learners.
Terran’s research interests include approaches aimed at closing achievement gaps, test fairness, automated test assembly and adaptive testing. He is actively engaged in the assessment and measurement community and has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, including at the National Conference on Student Assessment, the California Education Research Association, the American Education Research Association, and the National Council of Measurement in Education.
Terran earned a doctorate education with an emphasis in quantitative research methodology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds a master’s degree in statistics from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.