Dr. Karvonen is the director of ATLAS. Dr. Karvonen has nearly 20 years of experience in large-scale assessments for students with disabilities, and in particular, alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Prior to joining KU, Dr. Karvonen was a tenured faculty member in educational research and measurement. Dr. Karvonen has nearly 20 years of experience managing externally funded projects, including serving as PI or co-PI on projects totaling more than $30 million. She has co-authored more than 40 articles and book chapters, more than 50 technical reports, and 100 presentations.
Dr. Swinburne Romine oversees assessment and learning map model development projects within ATLAS. In addition to his experience constructing learning map models, he leads multiple teams who develop accessible assessments based on evidence-centered design, which incorporates principles of Universal Design. Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement.
Dr. Tiemann oversees project implementation and research for I-SMART. Dr. Tiemann earned a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. She has 16 years of experience managing federal program activities, including facilitation of multiple partners, data collection and analysis, resource development, and reporting. Her research has included topics in validity evaluation, test security, innovative item types, educational technology, and culturally responsive assessment and evaluation.
Mr. Muenks directs ATLAS's implementation team. Previously, Muenks worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), leading implementation of the full assessment and curriculum program, including DLM assessments. Muenks has also served on the governing board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, in the educational publishing field, in other positions at DESE, and as a middle school principal and teacher of mathematics and reading. Muenks received a master’s degree in education administration from Lincoln University.
Dr. Clark, a senior psychometrician with ATLAS, began her career as a classroom teacher and developed an interest in the use of assessment for improving student outcomes. She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. Her research interests include exploring potential threats to validity, accountability issues, and diagnostic assessment.
Dr. Nash, a senior psychometrician with ATLAS, earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics and with a minor in special education. She previously worked as a psychometrician at Ascend Learning, where she specialized in assessments in the higher education field. Her research interests include formative assessment and scoring models for technology-enabled assessments.
Dr. Cope assists the Enhanced Learning Maps team with state partner relationships and professional development for teachers. She has extensive experience in project management and evaluation, including work on large-scale projects for universities and state education agencies. Cope earned her doctorate in educational leadership and business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She also holds a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Puget Sound. She has worked as a high school and middle school teacher, a high school principal, and executive director for curriculum and assessment in a large urban school district. She currently works as a research director at the Center for Assessment and Accountability Research and Design.