Board of Directors
New Meridian's Board of Directors brings extensive experience with college readiness, large-scale assessment, and state consortium management.
Dr. Conley serves on the New Meridian Board of Directors, helping New Meridian executive leadership and staff design and implement effective consortium governance and engagement models.
Dr. Conley has designed and managed numerous international, national, and state-level projects for clients, such as the International Baccalaureate Organization, the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Queensland Studies Authority, the National Assessment Governing Board, the College Board, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Hewlett Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the California Department of Education and the California State Board of Education, the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Oregon Department of Education.
Dr. Conley was involved in the development of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium from its inception and has served continuously on its Technical Advisory Committee from its beginning. He co-chaired the Validation Panel for the Common Core State Standards and has produced reports analyzing how well various state, national, and international assessments align with the Common Core State Standards, how state assessments and standards align with college and career readiness, and how various state standard systems compare to national and international benchmarks.
He founded the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) and served as its CEO. In that role, he built it into a national leader in research and development in the area of college and career readiness standards and assessments. He has, for the past 27 years, also been a professor of educational policy and leadership at the University of Oregon, where he has written extensively on a range of topics related to national, state, and local educational governance and policy.
Mr. Markow serves on the New Meridian Board of Directors, helping New Meridian executive leadership and staff design and implement effective consortium governance and engagement models.
Mr. Markow was formerly the Chief Strategy Officer for the WIDA Consortium, which develops standards, curriculum resources, and assessments for a consortium of 37 states in support of English language learners. He directed the consortium’s business strategy and direction, product and service strategy, and managed new state outreach and relations among consortium states. He also led engagement with federal and non-governmental agencies, represented WIDA at conferences and national meetings, and testified regularly on issues of test design, accommodations, scoring, and other issues related to assessment of English language learners.
James Liebman is Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, and Executive Director of the Center for Public Research and Leadership. Mr. Liebman serves on the New Meridian Board of Directors; he provides valuable expertise in helping New Meridian executive leadership and staff consider the impacts of assessment policy and design and communicate them to affected stakeholders.
Mr. Liebman was formerly the Chief Accountability Officer for the New York City Department of Education, where he devised the City’s innovative school accountability model that accounted for both student performance and growth. He also was responsible for all of the City’s summative and interim assessment programs, setting strategy and representing their purposes, goals, results, and consequences to all stakeholders, including the New York State Education Department, the New York City Council, the United Federation of Teachers, educators, families, and advocacy groups representing affected interests.