Jim Smith’s career in the public schools has spanned more than two decades. Starting out as a social studies teacher at Centennial Middle School in Minnesota, he developed a fascination with assessment early in his career that continues today. As the school began to adopt a PLC model, Jim developed an assessment and data position to help teachers create collaborative common assessments and to use the ensuing results.
During this time, the school became one of the highest performing in the state, winning the School Spotlight Award from the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation for high levels of student achievement and innovative educational practices.
This work continued at Twin Cities International Elementary School in Minneapolis, where Jim worked as the data and assessment coordinator. This school featured a highly collaborative structure of classroom assessment, focusing on collecting results, responding to these data, and refining assessment design. The school has been named a “Beat the Odds” school for work in advancing student learning and closing achievement gaps.
Jim continues following his passion for assessment and data by working as an educational presenter, trainer, and consultant. He also co-moderates the assessment-based Twitter chat #ATAssess with a Twitter handle of @MRDataGuy.
Jim received a bachelor of science in secondary education from the University of Minnesota and a master of arts in education from Hamline University.