Tracy Gardner, Ph.D.
Chief Assessment Officer
Tracy Gardner leads New Meridian’s psychometric, test design, and content development efforts, including ongoing development and continuous improvement of all assessment products. It’s the perfect role for someone who has always loved testing.
“My journey in testing started as a kid, with the New York State Regents Exams. ” she said. “I loved taking them.”
The feeling propelled Tracy to earn a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters and Ph.D. in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. Tracy now has more than 20 years of experience in operational test design and development, with considerable expertise in measurement, assessment design and development, and psychometrics.
As the Senior Director of Assessment for the next-generation GED assessment, Tracy contributed to all aspects of the development process, including standards development, blueprint design, item development, alignment, field testing, test construction, standardization and norming, standard setting, test security analyses and score reporting.
Prior to her tenure at GED Testing Service, Tracy was a Senior Psychometrician and Manager of Psychometrics and Research Services at Pearson, where she led and/or supported the psychometrics for more than two dozen large-scale testing programs. She led or supported more than 30 standard-setting meetings and worked as the lead psychometrician on many programs.
At New Meridian and throughout her career, Tracy has worked to increase equity and opportunity, building assessments that make positive change in the classroom. This motivation comes from both her professional experience and her personal experience as a mom raising six children.
“New Meridian’s goals align with my goals as a mother,” she said. “My work is completely incorporated into my life. The work I do is work I love, because I believe in this for my own children.”