“Performance assessment helps show students that the purpose of their learning is more than just knowing something for a grade on a test.” – Susan M. Brookhart

Susan M. Brookhart, PhD, is an independent educational consultant and author based in Helena, Montana. Brookhart’s interests include the role of both formative and summative classroom assessment in student motivation and achievement, the connection between classroom assessment and large-scale assessment, and grading. She was the 2007-2009 editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is author or co-author of 16 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters on classroom assessment, teacher professional development, and evaluation. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Brookhart received her PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation from The Ohio State University, after teaching in both elementary and middle schools. She was a full-time faculty member at Duquesne University, most recently as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. She currently serves as a research and professional development consultant in the Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at Duquesne.