Bill Herrera, M.S.

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Bill Herrera, M.S., is a Senior Associate and Assessment Specialist with edCount, LLC. Mr. Herrera has over 20 years of experience in education as a state assessment director, researcher, and teacher. Currently, Mr. Herrera plays a key role in assessment and curriculum development projects with edCount, serving as a Senior Advisor and Assessment Specialist for state-wide programs in three states. In Tennessee, he is leading the development of a science curriculum and assessment framework for students with significant cognitive disabilities. In Mississippi, he is leading the development of an innovative alternate assessment program in mathematics and science. In New York, he has acted as senior advisor and content developer in mathematics for the state-wide mathematics general assessment. Recently, he led the development of assessment targets (Core Content Connectors), each broken down into three tiers for accessibility purposes, for all 220 NGSS K-12 Performance Expectations for California. He also worked with state leads to suggest NGSS to be used as the basis for California’s NGSS alternate assessment program.

Previously, he played a role as a senior advisor and assessment lead for the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) GSEG grant. Activities in which Mr. Herrera played a key role with NCSC include assessment policy, capacity building, test development and analysis, and development of curriculum and instructional materials and the development of the core content connectors. In these roles, he has took a strategic and systemic approach to state stakeholder engagement to facilitate effective collaboration and build capacity. During his tenure with edCount, Mr. Herrera has also served as Project Director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Item Development Project, managing the development of program evaluation tests in 32 subjects, and as senior advisor for the development of K-12 science and mathematics curriculum and alternate assessment training modules for the Puerto Rico Department of Education. He has also served as a senior mathematics curriculum advisor for Common Core-aligned K-12 curriculum for the Clerc Center at Gallaudet University.

Prior to joining edCount, Mr. Herrera served as Director of Assessment and Director of Test Development and Research for the Wyoming Department of Education. In this role, Mr. Herrera managed the Wyoming state assessment system, which involved coordinating staff, management, and vendors to fulfill state assessment requirements, in addition to providing statewide training for district and higher education personnel on state laws and procedures pertaining to assessment. Throughout his career, Mr. Herrera has contributed his knowledge and expertise to several federally funded studies, including those specifically related to students with disabilities. These studies include early work on the development of modified assessments in science and mathematics and the applicability of an innovative alignment protocol, the Links for Academic Learning (LAL) for examining the degree of alignment of alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) to grade-level content standards and instruction. In the course of this research, Mr. Herrera worked with state assessment specialists, universities and middle- and high-school teachers from a number of states.