Geneva Haertel

William A. Lorié, Publications Committee

NCME member Geneva Haertel, Ph.D., died on August 31 at age 69 of natural causes. Haertel was director of assessment research and design in the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, where she worked since 1998. In a career spanning three decades, Haertel published over 55 articles and book chapters on assessment design, student learning, and conditions promoting student achievement.

Haertel’s extensive contribution to evidence-centered design theory and practice was most recently reflected in her leadership of two evidence-centered design projects, one for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and another for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Haertel is lead author of two chapters on evidence-centered design in the second volume of the NCME Applications of Educational Measurement and Assessment Book Series, Meeting the Challenges to Measurement in an Era of Accountability, published this year.

From 2003 to 2008, Haertel was the SRI principal investigator of a series of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Gates and MacArthur Foundations, that resulted in the development of the online assessment design system referred to as PADI (Principled Assessment Designs for Inquiry). PADI has been applied to develop assessments meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, NAEP, and PARCC.

Haertel also led research projects on games and assessment, assessments for students with disabilities, simulation-based assessment, and assessment of science knowledge and inquiry skills.

Haertel is warmly remembered and honored by many colleagues within and outside of SRI, who recall an enthusiastic and inspiring scholar, a caring mentor, and true friend.

Haertel was named Fellow of SRI International in 2015. She received a B.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Education/Educational Psychology from Kent State University.