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Questar Assessment Inc. Names New Chief Information Officer

Brendan Kealey brings 20 years of experience in technology and education


Minneapolis, MN, October 29, 2018 — As part of Questar Assessment Inc.’s commitment to innovation, the K-12 assessment solution provider has named Brendan Kealey as its new chief information officer. Kealey has more than 20 years of experience in the education assessment industry, including expertise engineering, product management, and software development.

“To ensure our success today and plan for continued growth and success tomorrow, now is the right time for us to bring on board someone with Brendan’s unique skill set, deep educational assessment experience, and impeccable reputation in the industry as our chief information officer,” said Steve Lazer, Questar Assessment’s president and chief executive officer.

Kealey will provide day-to-day leadership of Questar Assessment’s engineering, delivery, and infrastructure teams. He will also manage the ongoing improvement and advancement of the company’s information technology.

“Questar Assessment is committed to advancements, and I can add to their efforts with my background in the technology field,” said Kealey. “I am eager to lead our team in driving forward new innovations.”

“Technology now occupies a central role in the assessment industry. Brendan’s leadership will move us forward as we strengthen our systems and improve our processes to provide the best service and support to our partner states,” Lazer added.

Kealey began his career at Pearson, Inc. in 1997. He was promoted to vice president of software product development in 2011 and was responsible for leading the design, engineering, and administration of the company’s large-scale assessment platforms and products. Among his many accomplishments in this role, Kealey led the reinvention of Pearson’s portfolio of assessment platforms to modernize them around a set of core design principles. He also implemented product management practices to create a more predictable and transparent technology delivery organization.

Kealey is a graduate of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, where he earned a Master of Business Administration in marketing and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems. He also holds two U.S. patents.

About Questar Assessment Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. As a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Questar Assessment shares a belief that better measurement solutions can make a positive impact on education. Questar Assessment takes a fresh and innovative approach to design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting. The company is reimagining how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. The company’s high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented valued. Educators trust Questar Assessment’s high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, and students. Questar Assessment Inc. is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at