Sue Pimentel

Susan Pimentel  After earning an advanced degree from Cornell University, Susan served as senior policy advisor to Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, and subsequently as special counsel to then Superintendent of Schools John Murphy in Prince George's County, MD (the nation's sixteenth largest school district).  For over three decades, her work has focused on helping communities, districts, and states work together to advance meaningful and enduring education reform and to champion proven tools for increasing academic rigor. Her efforts have resulted in the phase-out of student tracking, enriched core curricula, and advances in results-based school accountability programs. Susan now works closely with fellow authors of the Common Core Standards David Coleman and Jason Zimba of Student Achievement Partners in supporting the faithful implementation of the Common Core.

Before her work as a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Susan was a chief architect of the American Diploma Project Benchmarks designed to close the gap between high school demands and postsecondary expectations. Since 2007, Susan has served on the National Assessment Governing Board, an independent, bipartisan board that sets policy for the national assessment. In addition to several articles, Susan is co-author with Denis P. Doyle of the best-selling book and CD-ROM, Raising the Standard: An Eight-Step Action Guide For Schools and Communities.