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Susan M. Brookhart, Ph. D., is Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the School of Education at Duquesne University and an independent educational consultant. She is a former Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University . Previous to her higher education experience, she taught both elementary and middle school. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from The Ohio State University. She is a past president of the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group on Classroom Assessment. She has been the Education columnist for National Forum , the journal of Phi Kappa Phi. She is currently newsletter editor for the National Council on Measurement in Education and was program co-chair for the 2004 NCME Annual Meeting. She is the author of two books, The Art and Science of Classroom Assessment and Grading, and the co-author of a third, Educational Assessment of Students, Fifth Edition (in press for 2006). She has written or co-authored over 40 articles on classroom assessment, educational measurement, program evaluation, and professional development and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.