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Dara Martinovich

Dara Martinovich, MA, BS

Senior Project Consultant for Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC

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DARA MARTINOVICH
526 Meadow View Road #4,  Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Home Phone 608.437.1487
dmartinovich@wisc.edu

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of educational testing and measurement, statistics, and policy.
Experience working with students and educators.
Experience aligning standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Experience using quantitative and qualitative information to evaluate programs and improve student learning and well-being.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Ed.M. Human Development and Psychology, Research Methods, Harvard Graduate
School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Anticipated degree date, June 2012
M.A. Educational Measurement and Statistics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
B.S. General Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES
2011-present
Educational Assistant
Eagle’s Wing Child Care and Education Programs, University of Wisconsin Division of
University Housing, Madison, Wisconsin
Provide care and instruction to children from 18 months to 12 years of age, most of whom are
the children of international students; foster children’s social, emotional, moral, and cognitive
development; foster appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity among the children and
within the university community; work with teachers to develop and deliver curriculum and
interpret the results of assessments.

2004-present
Testing & Assessment/Curriculum Review Consultant
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Direct Testing and Assessment Services Center (TASC); assist school districts in CESA 10 and
other CESAs in using all types of information to improve teaching and learning; help school
districts evaluate curricula and other school services and programs; design and plan processes
and frameworks to align instruction, curriculum, and assessment to the state standards;
collaborate with representatives from school districts, regional service agencies, higher
education, and educational organizations.

2007-2011
Assessment Consultant to Teaching American History Grant
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Developed student pre- and post-assessments in American history; organized data and
interpreted results; consulted on evaluation design.

2006-2010
District Data & Assessment Resource Specialist
School District of McFarland, McFarland, Wisconsin
Analyzed data and communicated results; used instructional technology to design, implement,
and evaluate data-driven decisions; assisted educators with assessment development,
administration, and interpretation.

1998-2004
Consultant for Assessment Literacy & Professional Development
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, Wisconsin
Provided state-level leadership to public school districts for assessment literacy and related
professional development; assisted school districts in using data to improve teaching and
learning; developed and disseminated assessment models and information; designed, planned,
and coordinated the instructional, curricular, and assessment applications of state standards;
integrated assessment into improvement of instruction; worked with individuals within the
agency and with others representing school districts, higher education, and educational
organizations.

1996-1998
Program Development Associate, Performance Assessment Center
American College Testing, Iowa City, Iowa
Assisted the PASSPORT Portfolio Assessment Program by planning, conducting, and presenting
research; communicated with educators about ACT programs; wrote reports, guides, website
text, and brochures for educators; provided statistical analyses for various ACT programs;
interpreted statistical information; coordinated presentations given at ACT and nationwide;
reviewed the correspondence between established standards and ACT programs; chaired ACT
PASSPORT marketing meetings; designed marketing plans; constructed and managed a
database.

1996
ACT Summer Intern, Measurement Research Department
American College Testing, Iowa City, Iowa
Attended testing and measurement seminars led by experts in the field; presented research on the
use of portfolios in college admissions.

1994-1995
Research Assistant, Iowa Testing Programs
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Wrote science items for the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; wrote map skills items for the Iowa Tests
of Basic Skills; researched and advocated the assessment of social skills.

1994-1995
Tutor, University of Iowa College of Education
Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia
Tutored Indonesian students in the University of Iowa’s educational measurement and statistics
program.

1992
Professional Scorer
National Computer Systems, Iowa City, Iowa
Scored open-ended mathematics responses for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Educational Research Association
American MENSA
National Council on Measurement in Education

PUBLICATIONS
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1996). Preliminary scoring information. ACT (ed.), Reference guide
for exercise development: SCASS science project (pp. 7-10). Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1996). Finding out what teachers think: Survey results provide more
accurate picture. PASSPORT News Special Edition.
ACT. (1997). Correspondences between PASSPORT: ACT’s Portfolio Assessment Program &
National Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Iowa
City, Iowa: Author.
ACT. (1997). Correspondences between Illinois State Goals for Learning and ACT’s
PASSPORT Portfolio System. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
ACT. (1997). Correspondences between Missouri’s Framework for Curriculum Development
and ACT’s PASSPORT Portfolio System. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997 May). PASSPORT hosts Missouri educators. PASSPORT
News. p. 1. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
ACT. (1997). PASSPORT Facilitator’s Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
ACT. (1997). PASSPORT Teacher’s Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997 Fall). Dear Dara…An advice column for teachers. PASSPORT
News. p. 3. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997). PASSPORT reports brochure. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Welch, C. J. & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997). Reliability issues with performance
assessments: A collection of papers. (ACT Research Report Series 97-3). Iowa City,
Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997 Winter). Dear Dara…An advice column for teachers.
PASSPORT News. p. 7. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Dara Martinovich, page 4
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997 Winter). PASSPORT can support your NCA goals. PASSPORT
News. p. 6. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
ACT. (1998). PASSPORT Scoring Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
ACT. (1998). Correspondences between Maryland’s Framework for Curriculum Development
and ACT’s PASSPORT Portfolio System. Iowa City, Iowa: Author.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998 Spring). Dear Dara…An advice column for teachers.
PASSPORT News. pp. 4-5. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Harris, D. J. & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998). Practical and technical issues in the use,
development, scoring, and equating of performance assessments. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998 May). Succeeding in college: How PASSPORT helps students.
PASSPORT News. pp. 1-2. Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. & Cook, R. (1998). Getting ready for PASSPORT: Things to do now.
Iowa City, Iowa: ACT.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. & Miller, T. (1998). PASSPORT Technical Manual. Iowa City, Iowa:
ACT.
Burmaster, E. (2002). Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards, the Wisconsin Student
Assessment System, and school accountability. Standardized Testing: One Size Fits All?
Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Council on Children & Families.

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
Harris, D., Welch, C. J., & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997). Practical and technical issues in the
use, development, scoring, and equating of performance assessments. A training session
presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education,
Chicago.
Welch, C. J. & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1997). Reliability issues and possible solutions. A
paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research
Association, Chicago.
Harris, D. & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998). Practical and technical issues in the use,
development, scoring, and equating of large-scale performance assessments. A training
session presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in
Education, San Diego.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998). The validity of large-scale portfolio assessment: What teacher
surveys tell us. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on
Measurement in Education, San Diego.
Harris, D. & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1998). Suggestions for graduate students in
measurement. A training session presented at the annual meeting of the National Council
on Measurement in Education, San Diego.
Martinovich-Barhite, D. & Happel, J. (1999). Change in classrooms using performance
assessment. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational
Research Association, Montreal.
Niday, D., Bolton, S., Stuckey-French, E., & Martinovich-Barhite, D. (1999). Gender in the
writing classroom: Student reflection and teacher response. A paper presented at the
Second Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Minneapolis.
Martinovich-Barhite, D., Happel, J., & Bendada, A. (2000). Student understanding of state
academic standards. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American
Educational Research Association, New Orleans.
Duer, D., Bolton, S., Martinovich-Barhite, D., & Cook, R. (2000). Recognizing and prizing
gender differences in the assessment environment. A session presented at the annual
meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Milwaukee.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS
Help educators, students, parents, the media, and the general public understand state assessments
and the political process governing state assessments; help educators analyze data, evaluate
programs, and develop goals for the improvement of student learning and well-being; help
educators align standards, curriculum, and assessment; explain psychometric issues, test
administration, testing ethics, test interpretation and use, equity in testing, and communication of
test results; work with educators on performance, portfolio, and multimedia assessment for a
wide variety of purposes (accountability, reform, school-to-work, science education, and the
transition from high school to post-secondary education).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
President; University of Iowa Democrats, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1994-1995.
Member; Assessment Committee, Nashua School District, Nashua, New Hampshire,
1995-1996.
Researcher; Amherst Street Elementary School, Nashua, New Hampshire, 1995-1996.
Reviewer; Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, 1997.
Reviewer; ACT Research Reports, 1997-1998.
Conference Reviewer; National Council on Measurement in Education, 1997-1999.
Conference Reviewer; American Educational Research Association, 1999-2000.
Training Session Coordinator; National Council on Measurement in Education, Chicago, 1997;
San Diego, 1998; New Orleans, 2000; Seattle, 2001; New Orleans, 2002.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028