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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education



Patricia Morison, Acting Director
Alix Beatty, Senior Program Officer
Judith Koenig, Senior Program Officer
Matthew Lammers, Program Coordinator 
Kelly Arrington, Senior Program Assistant
Staff Bios 


Patricia L. Morison is acting director of the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Associate Executive Director of the DBASSE Office of Reports and Communication. Prior to that, she held several positions within DBASSE including Senior Program Officer, Director of the Board on International Comparative Studies in Education, DBASSE Associate Executive Director and Director for the Center for Education. She has held positions at the Office of Technology Assessment for the United States Congress, within the department of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and as a research assistant at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Patricia received a B.S in psychology from Denison University, an Ed.M. in human development from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Alix Beatty is a senior program officer for the Board on Testing and Assessment. Since 1996 she has contributed to many projects, including an evaluation plan for the District of Columbia Public Schools; studies of teacher preparation, National Board certification for teachers, and state-level science assessment; and the Committee on Education Excellence and Testing Equity. She has also worked as an independent education writer and researcher. Prior to joining the National Research Council staff she worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and College Board programs at the Educational Testing Service. She has a BA in philosophy from Williams College and an MA in history from Bryn Mawr College.


Judith A. Koenig is a senior program officer with the National Research Council’s Board on Testing and Assessment where, since 1999, she has directed measurement-related studies designed to inform education policy. Her work has included studies on NAEP; teacher licensure and advanced-level certification; inclusion of special needs students and English language learners in assessment programs; developing assessments for state and federal accountability programs in K-12 and adult education; setting standards for the National Assessment of Adult Literacy; assessing 21st century skills; and using value-added methods for evaluating schools and teachers. Previously, from 1984 to 1999, she worked at the Association of American Medical Colleges on the Medical College Admission Test where she directed operational programs and led a comprehensive research program on the examination. Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a special education teacher and diagnostician. She received a B.A. in special education from Michigan State University, an M.A. in psychology from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in educational measurement, statistics, and evaluation from the University of Maryland. 

Matthew Lammers is a program coordinator with the Board on Science Education, the Board on Testing and Assessment, and the Teacher Advisory Council.


Kelly Arrington is a senior program assistant with the Board on Testing and Assessment at the NRC. She provides support to the board itself and a number of its projects. Before coming to the NRC, she received her B.A. in psychology at Shepherd University in WV. Her senior thesis focused on the effect volunteering has on your acceptance of social “out-groups.” While at Shepherd she also minored in French with a concentration in foreign language education. In the next few years she is planning on beginning her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in counseling.


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