Jean Clayton, M.A. Sp. Ed.

Jean Clayton is a Senior Associate at edCount, LLC with over 30 years of experience as an educator and alternate assessment expert. Ms. Clayton has extensive experience in the development of alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards. Ms. Clayton recently assisted in the development of 24 instructional content modules in social studies and science that support the delivery of rigorous instruction to students with significant cognitive disabilities in the state of Tennessee. Ms. Clayton also has extensive experience in the development and delivery of educator professional learning services for numerous states.

Ms. Clayton served as an ELA content expert for development of New York State Department of Education’s (NYSED)’s Regents exam test items and developed item development training materials and conducted trainings for educators. She is also experienced with the prioritization of standards, alternate assessment target development, and item review processes. Ms. Clayton played a key role in the NCSC project, working with center and state partners to review, monitor, and refine curriculum and assessment materials. Prior to joining edCount, Ms. Clayton worked as an Alternate Assessment Consultant for Keystone Assessment, LLC, where she developed processes for designing Hawaii’s alternate assessment and as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Inclusive Large-Scale Standards and Assessment Project (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky where she developed a systematic process to address the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities and served as the state coordinator for the Kentucky Assessment Project. Ms. Clayton taught elementary education and special education in Kentucky for 22 years, with most of those years teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities. She earned a Master of Special Education from Murray State University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She is certified to teach Elementary, Middle School, and Exceptional Children, with a specialization in moderate and severe disabilities. Ms. Clayton has also received a Commonwealth of Kentucky Endorsement for Teaching Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.