Richard D. Roberts, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Scientist, Research,
Rich is the primary architect of ACT Tessera. He is actively involved in all phases, from conducting cognitive labs with hundreds of school-aged individuals to developing the complex psychometric models supporting the score report, feedback and action plans. He loves sitting down for long chats, over a coffee, with educators and prospective clients about the value of noncognitive skills in education, the workforce, and life in general.
He specializes primarily in measurement, with a special emphasis on developing and researching innovative new item types for the assessment of both cognitive and noncognitive factors, as well as constructs that have elements that straddle these two domains (e.g., emotional intelligence).
Rich has been a National Research Council Fellow, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney, and a Managing Principal Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service. He has worked on traditional human assessments such as the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as well as new assessments related to big data, the gamification of education, multimedia assessments, cross-cultural competence, cognitive biases (i.e., thinking fast, thinking slow), personality, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and emotional intelligence.
Senior Director, Development Administration,
Walt is a leader in the development of assessments at ACT. He has extensive experience in examination development and assessment, primarily in the education and teacher certification markets. He was previously Testing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, responsible for the design, creation and implementation of the Bloomberg Assessment Test. Walt also held development, management, and leadership positions at several other educational assessment organizations including the American Institutes for Research, The College Board and Educational Testing Service, where he served as Director of Development and Operations for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Jeremy Burrus, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist,
Jeremy is a co-developer of ACT Tessera, responsible for item development and review, feedback report development and playbook activity development. Before joining ACT, he was a Principal Research Scientist at ProExam and a Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service. He earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2006, and was a post-doctoral research scholar at Columbia Business School in New York City. His main research interests are developing innovative assessments of noncognitive constructs, cognitive biases, and cross-cultural competence. He has more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and books either published or in press.
Vice President, Business Development,
Simmy is responsible for the business strategy and corporate development at ACT. Simmy spent 11 years with Educational Testing Service (ETS) where he was Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development. At ETS he played a leadership role in numerous new initiatives including addressing the needs of English Language Learners and the family consumer market. He was also Founder, President and CEO of Discourse Technologies, an educational technology company.
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Jonathan is an expert on 21st century learning and assessment. An educational author and consultant with 15 years of experience as an independent school principal/head of school, he has provided strategic guidance from the user perspective throughout the ACT Tessera development process.
He holds degrees from Harvard University, Starr King School for the Ministry, and the University of San Francisco School of Education, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He regularly presents at conferences and provides workshops to schools, boards, and faculties around the United States.
Program Director, Strategic Partnerships,
Fred is a leader at ACT in Strategic Partnerships with a focus on ACT Tessera. Prior to working at ACT Fred led sales for Tessera and other ProExam innovative initiatives. He blends business development and education experiences in presenting ACT Tessera, the next generation Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) assessment, to education leaders. Prior to his work in sales & marketing, Fred was a teacher, administrator, and professional development leader. He has led more than a dozen large-scale assessment programs in previous positions with Pearson, ETS, and CTB/McGraw-Hill. Fred earned Post-Masters Certification in School Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. Fred has two daughters who provide first-hand feedback on the value of (SEL) assessments.
Sr. Customer Success Manager,
As the Sr. Customer Success Manager for ACT Tessera, Alicia is responsible for ensuring that all Tessera users, from administrators to teachers and students have an awesome experience from the time they sign-up to join the Tessera family through administrations and the delivery of reports. Alicia also works very closely with the product development, marketing and sales teams in the Center for Innovative Assessments so that feedback from our users gets directly to the developers. She is their voice with the scientists and assessment experts. Prior to joining the ACT team, Alicia worked in in a similar role at ProExam as their Manager of School Partnerships, operations for an executive search firm, and operational role at a not-for- profit research organization.
In her spare time she is a community organizer and a local media maker where she is the associate producer of a local television show which caters to women of all ages empowering them to lead lives to their fullest and most fulfilling potential.