Executive Leadership

Ryan Downey, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Achievement Assessment Program
Executive Leadership
(646) 503-2635

Dr. Ryan Downey joined ERB in 2018 as Executive Director of the Achievement Assessment Program. Prior to this role, Dr. Downey oversaw Pearson’s Classroom Assessment Product portfolio which included educational assessment solutions such as aimsweb, the Stanford Achievement Test, and the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Before that, Dr. Downey was recruited by Rosetta Stone to set up an internal assessment unit to support their language learning products.


For over a decade, Dr. Downey has managed teams and projects in test development, product management, and program management. As a key member of Pearson’s automated scoring technology group, he led or managed the development of innovative, high-stakes tests that evaluate candidates’ spoken and written language skills exclusively using machine scoring technology. 


Dr. Downey earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and the University of California – San Diego.