Meet the Testing Staff
photo - Steve Earwood-Director of Testing and Accountability and Ruth Davis-Testing Specialist

The Testing Staff of Buncombe County Schools is here to assist each school during each test given by the State of North Carolina. They handle all materials issued by the State and distribute them to the schools, one could say they are the middle man between the State and the school system. They also handle all policies and procedures issued by the State for giving each test and making sure all state rules and guidelines for testing are enforced. The staff is available to answering any questions or concerns with testing and the testing process.

Testing Staff: 
Steve Earwood, Director of Testing and Accountability
Ruth Davis, Testing Specialist​

Steve Earwood
"My true passion is helping school administrators, teachers, and students maximize their full potential by creating engaging learning environments that prepare students for their tomorrow. Collecting and analyzing data allows Buncombe County Schools to measure the success of our educational programs while never forgetting that much of what is learned cannot be measured by a test."

1993 Virginia Tech – B.S. Electrical Engineering
1995 Virginia Tech – M.A. Math Education
2005 Western Carolina – Ed. S. School Administration

1996-1997 – Gloucester High, VA - Math Teacher
1997-2002 – Currituck High, NC – Math Teacher
2002-2006 – Erwin High, NC – Math Teacher
2006-2015 – Enka Middle – Assistant Principal
2015-Present – Buncombe County Schools – Director of Testing

Ms. Ruth David
"Having lived many years in the hot and humid climate of Florida, the mountains drew my family here on vacation and from that stay we move to Asheville. I had no idea then that when I accepted the position in the Testing Department of Buncombe County Schools that I would be enjoying the changes twenty years later. How many folks can say that about their position. Having witnessed the number of schools increase, school grade level changes, changes in the number and type of tests given, and each year more state tests being available online. One thing has remained a constant over the years and that would be working with the fantastic people from our forty-four schools. "

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