James “Dale” Cornelius chairs a number of national assessment technology groups, most recently IMS Global’s State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network. In Maryland, he oversees an online testing ecosystem that supports five online testing platforms. Before Maryland, at Oakland Unified in California, he developed the district's first web-based diagnostic and summative assessment system. Previous to Oakland, at Edusoft, an assessment startup in San Francisco acquired by Houghton Mifflin, he oversaw data integration efforts for school districts across the United States. Earlier in his career, at McKinsey & Company, he supported management consulting efforts in the areas of corporate communications and technology. Dale began his career teaching in San Francisco, first middle school English and, later, high school technology. He holds two degrees in English, a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master’s degree from Middlebury College, in Vermont.