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Cyndie Schmeiser

Cyndie Schmeiser

Senior Advisor to the President

Cyndie leads strategic initiatives focused on forging stronger connections between assessment and instruction, working closely with the president. Most recently, Cyndie served as the College Board’s chief of assessment, where she oversaw all aspects of assessment development—including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and ACCUPLACER programs—as well as research, psychometrics, and program leadership.  

Cyndie has been a leader in assessment design for nearly four decades, serving as the president and COO of ACT’s Education Division, until her retirement in 2011. In that role, she was responsible for leading and coordinating the research, development, marketing, sales, and client support for all assessment instruments associated with ACT’s educational programs.

She has served as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), as an NCME board member and as chair of several NCME committees, including the committee that developed the NCME Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement.

An active advocate and researcher in college and career readiness, Cyndie has published and made numerous presentations on such topics as innovative education reform, adolescent literacy, the role of assessment in raising student achievement, and equity in K–12 education.

Cyndie earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in educational measurement and statistics from the University of Iowa. She has two children.