Pearson’s Dr. Rick Stiggins Honored for Advancement of Educational Evaluation and Assessment

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Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation Recognizes Assessment Training Institute Expert

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The Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) today honored Dr. Rick Stiggins, renowned author and Pearson’s expert on balanced assessment and assessment for learning, with The Millman Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of educational measurement, research and evaluation.

The Millman Award, created in 1998 as a tribute to assessment expert Dr. Jason Millman, recognizes scholars whose body of work in the field of educational evaluation and assessment has contributed greatly to the field, advancing the use of educational evaluation and assessment in the service of education.

In announcing the award, CREATE recognized Stiggins for his commitment to:

  •     Balancing assessments to meet the information needs of all decision makers;
  •     Increasing the much needed quality of classroom-based assessments;
  •     Turning the learners into assessors of their own learning;
  •     Rethinking feedback strategies to include more descriptive, non-graded strategies; and
  •     Improving assessment literacy for teachers and administrators.

“We want to recognize Rick because if assessment is used the right way, it can be the most powerful tool available to us for ensuring universal student mastery of core standards,” said Dr. Marco Muñoz, Past-President of CREATE and Evaluation Specialist of the Research Department at the Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. “He has made clear that students are ‘the’ key decision-makers in the assessment process—student-involved assessment is the way to go in the future.”

Dr. Stiggins founded the Assessment Training Institute (ATI) in 1992 to provide much-needed professional development in assessment for teachers and school leaders. ATI can help assessment users at all levels learn how to create high-quality assessments and advance assessment for learning, meaning the utilization of student-involved classroom assessment, record keeping and communication to promote success for all students.

Today, Stiggins continues to spearhead ATI to help teachers improve student achievement by integrating student-involved classroom assessment into day-to-day instruction. Through the ATI learning team model of professional development, teachers learn to assess accurately and use the results to promote learning even further.

“Rick has shown significant leadership in the field of assessment, helping educators learn best practices for integrating evaluations into the classroom to ensure student success. Such data-driven practices that inform instruction will be invaluable as teachers work to implement new academic standards meant to prepare all students for college and careers,” said Alison Indrisano Wagner, President of Pearson’s School Achievement Services group.

About the Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE)
The vision of the Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) is improved student learning, development, and achievement in PK-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and other educational settings. To learn more, visit

About Pearson
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Media contact: Stacy Skelly, stacy.skelly(at)pearson(dot)com, 800-745-8489


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