Jeri Thompson
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Senior Associate

Jeri combines her knowledge of educational systems with curriculum, instruction, and assessments to offer states and districts guidance and support for both assessment and accountability purposes. She provides leadership in designing effective comprehensive assessment systems, including guidance on the development of performance assessments and rubrics, facilitating deep understanding of cognitive rigor, scoring and analyzing student work, and deepening understanding of assessment and data literacy. She also works with states and districts on their educator evaluation system. Jeri is actively studying and developing a variety of tools and instructional resources to support educators’ understanding of Text-Dependent Analysis.

Jeri presents her work at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) national conference and has presented for the Literacy Council.

Prior to joining the Center, Jeri spent 20 years in public education as a teacher, Reading Specialist, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director of Academics at school districts in Maryland and Rhode Island. These experiences have enabled her to understand the practical implications of her work while maintaining fidelity for guiding research and best practices.

Jeri received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. She holds two M.S. degrees for School Administration and Reading from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), and has completed a certification in Educational Measurement at University of Illinois-Chicago. She has been an adjunct undergraduate and graduate instructor at colleges in Maryland and Rhode Island for reading and educational assessment courses.

Jeri Thompson’s work focuses on providing states and districts with guidance and support for assessments and assessment systems, including the development of resources and strategies to support a variety of assessment items, and providing professional development on assessment practices.

Recent and Relevant Publications

Thompson, J., Lyons, S., Marion, S.F., Pace, L., & Williams, M., (2016). Evaluating Assessment Quality for Innovative Assessment and Accountability Systems. Available at:

Thompson, J., (2016). Supporting Educators and Students Through Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System. Available at:

Hall, E., Gagnon, D., Schneider, M.C., Thompson, J., Marion, S. (2014). State Practices Related to the Use of Student Achievement Measures in the Evaluation of Teachers in Non-Tested Subjects and Grades. Available at: Gates NTGS Hall 082614

Thompson, J., (2013). Using Baseline Data and Information to Set SLO Targets. Available at: Using Baseline Data and Information 7.15.13

Thompson, J. (2013). SLO Toolkit, Center for Assessment. Available at: SLO Toolkit

Thompson, J. (2015). TDA Toolkit, Center for Assessment. Available at: TDA Toolkit

Mecca, S. and Thompson, J., (2009). A not so astonishing hypothesis:  US slippage in math-science pre-college education.

Mecca, S. and Thompson, J., (2006). Complexity, Challenge, and Creation in Curriculum Design.


Text dependent analysis is much more than an item type on a state test. The Center is working with states and districts to understand the curriculum and instructional implications of instructing students to respond to this college and…