Scott Marion partners with Associate Director Chris Domaleski to manage the operations of the Center, and he works closely with the Center Board of Directors to establish the long- and short-term strategic direction of the organization. He is also actively engaged with Center clients; his projects include designing and supporting states in implementing assessment and accountability reforms, developing and implementing educator evaluation systems, and designing and implementing high quality, locally-designed performance-based assessments. He is a national leader in designing innovative and comprehensive assessment systems to support instructional and accountability uses, including helping states and districts design systems of assessments for evaluating student learning of identified competencies.
Scott coordinates and/or serves on five or district state Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) for assessment, accountability and educator evaluation, including coordinating the PARCC assessment consortium TAC. He recently served on the National Research Council (NRC) committee responsible for designing a framework for next generation science assessments; he has also served on other recent NRC committees investigating the issues and challenges associated with incorporating value-added measures in educational accountability systems and on outlining best practices in state assessment systems.
Scott has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes; he also regularly presents his work at the national conferences of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In addition, Scott serves his community as Chair of the Rye (NH) School Board.
Prior to joining the Center for Assessment in early 2003, Scott was most recently the Director of Assessment and Accountability for the Wyoming Department of Education; he began his career as a field biologist and high school science teacher.
Scott received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder with a concentration in Measurement and Evaluation.
Scott Marion is a national leader in designing innovative and comprehensive assessment systems to support both instructional and accountability uses, including helping states and districts design systems of assessments for evaluating student learning of identified competencies.
Recent and Relevant Publications
Rothman, R. & Marion, S.F. (2016). The next generation of state assessment and accountability. Kappan, 97, 8, 34-37.
Marion, S.F. & Buckley, K. (2016). Design and implementation considerations of performance-based and authentic assessments for use in accountability systems. In Braun, H. (ed). Meeting the Challenges to Measurement in an Era of Accountability. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Chattergoon, R. & Marion, S.F. (2016). Not as easy as it sounds: Designing a balanced assessment system. The State Education Standard, 16, 1, 6-9
Marion, S.F. (2015). The search for the Holy Grail: Content-referenced score interpretations from large-scale tests. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research & Perspectives
Marion, S. (2015, Feb). Two sides of the same coin: Competency based education and Student Learning Objectives. Published by Competency Works. http://www.competencyworks.org/resources/two-sides-of-the-same-coin-competency-based-education-and-student-learning-objectives/
Marion, S., & Leather, P. (2015). Assessment and accountability to support meaningful learning. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23(9). http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v23.1984