We put assessment to work in the service of learning. Assessment is not separate from good instruction, but an integral process for gathering evidence and making meaning.

Susan Lyons

Our Team

Susan Lyons, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant

Dr. Susan Lyons is the owner and Principal Consultant at Lyons Assessment Consulting. She is the author of more than 35 journal articles and white papers and frequently presents her work at national conferences. In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Lyons is a part-time faculty member at Boston College and is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing gender and racial equity in educational measurement, Women in Measurement

Sanford Student
Research Associate

Sandy Student is a part-time Research Associate with Lyons Assessment Consulting and a doctoral candidate in Research and Evaluation Methodology at the CU Boulder School of Education. His interests and research center on connecting technical issues in large- and small-scale educational assessment with their practical implications for students and teachers. Before beginning his doctoral work, Sandy worked as a software engineer, most recently at edX.

Hannah Denker, M.S.
Research Associate

Hannah Denker is a part-time Research Associate with Lyons Assessment Consulting and a Ph.D. candidate at CU Boulder’s School of Education. Hannah's firsthand experience teaching in the primary grades was the motivation to pursue doctoral studies and learn how to evaluate and improve policies that affect the quality of early education experiences. Her current research looks at how different pre-K environments affect learning and child outcomes.

Maddie Craig

Maddie Criag is an essential part of the Lyons Assessment Consulting team and expertly handles all of our bookkeeping, invoicing, and financial reporting needs. Maddie is a certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and specializes in helping service-based small businesses mange their finances. 

Our Partners

At Lyons Assessment Consulting we are lucky have access to a wide network of highly-skilled small business partners to help us maintain a large set of corporate capabilities and better serve the full range of needs presented by our clients. 

Paul Nichols, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Planful Learning and Assessment

Paul Nichols is the Chief Scientist at Planful Learning and Assessment, a company Paul founded with Carrie Hewitt-Nichols. Paul’s work integrates the most recent findings from learning science and assessment research with best practices in innovation and principled design. Paul has made significant contributions to assessment design and development through journal publications and conference presentations. Paul currently consults on contemporary validity approaches, principled assessment design, and science assessment development.

Paul Miniutti
Founder, The Analytics Platform

Paul has provided software development, specializing in data analytics, to small startups and Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. In 2020, Paul started The Analytics Platform, which focuses on helping school districts cost-effectively implement a data strategy to analyze student data with the technology available in their Google Domain. Since 2020 over 50 School Districts in Massachusetts have leveraged The Analytics Platform.