Project Staff

Neal Kingston, Ph.D.
Director of AAI

Dr. Kingston serves as director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute at the Unviersity of Kansas. He started his career as a classroom teacher, worked summers with students with SCD, and subsequently worked in large-scale assessment for 32 years. He has worked as a psychometrician, test developer, and systems developer. He has managed all aspects of the educational testing process for both general and alternate assessments, including as an Executive Director at Educational Testing Service, Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education, Senior Vice President at Measured Progress, Vice President and General Manager at CTB/McGraw-Hill, and Director of CETE at the University of Kansas. Dr. Kingston has published and presented more than 100 articles, papers, and book chapters on assessment.

Laura Kramer, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Kramer serves as associate director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas. After receiving her doctorate in quantitative psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, she spent 14 years working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, overseeing all aspects of criterion-referenced test development and psychometrics from test blueprint and item development through equating, scaling, standard setting, and documenting technical quality of the assessments. She then spent two years at the Mississippi Department of Education as the psychometrician overseeing and documenting the technical quality of Mississippi’s entire assessment system.

Zach Irwin, M.S.
cPass Project Director

Irwin serves as director of cPass® examination programs, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation’s role within the collaborative. He brings several years of experience in providing technical assistance for and facilitating development of valid, reliable, and equitable assessments for multiple stakeholder organizations across multiple industries, designed to accurately measure candidate performance. Irwin received a B.S. in psychology with a minor in biomedical sciences and an M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from Missouri State University.

Susan Martin, B.S.
Director of ATS

Martin serves as director of Agile Technology Solutions, the arm of the Achievement and Assessment Institute responsible for the KITE® Suite, the software used for cPass test administration. She has nearly 20 years’ private sector experience in agile software development, integration, and management. She spent a large portion of her career at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, leading project management, business analysis, development, database administration, and quality assurance teams. Martin holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Kansas.