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 is leading a project team in science item development for Louisiana’s statewide alternate assessment, LEAP Connect. Mr. Herrera plays a key role in assessment and curriculum development projects within 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. Mr. Herrera has led the development of assessment targets (Core Content Connectors) for all 220 NGSS K-12 Performance Expectations for California, in which each Core Content Connector was broken down into three tiers for accessibility purposes. He also worked with state leads to suggest NGSS to be used as the basis for California’s NGSS alternate assessment program.
Mr. Herrera has recently served as a panel facilitator for alignment evaluations in Florida, Georgia, and New York, and is deeply familiar with the alignment study process, particularly as it relates to science content. Mr. Herrera also recently served as a panel facilitator for a linking evaluation of Delaware’s GBEs and the DLM EEs. 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 within NCSC include assessment policy, capacity building, test development and analysis, and the development of curriculum, instructional materials, and the core content connectors. In these roles, he took a strategic and systemic approach to state stakeholder engagement in order 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 management, coordinating staff and vendors to fulfill state assessment requirements, and 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), which examine 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.