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[fa icon="calendar"] June, 2018 / by Press Room

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And we’re sharing our enthusiasm at NCSA 2018 in San Diego!

Many of you may be familiar with the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The major conference on K–12 educational assessment, it’s been taking place for more than 45 years. And since our company’s founding almost 35 years ago, we’ve taken an active part in the conference, as presenters and as an exhibitor and sponsor. The conference will take place in San Diego this year, from June 27 to June 29.

Formerly called the National Conference on Large-Scale Assessment, NCSA draws about 1,000 participants every year—from federal, state, and district educational agencies, test publishers, consultancies, universities, and technology companies. This year’s conference theme is “Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): How Assessment and Accountability Systems Can Support Continuous Improvement.”

The change in the conference name, and the theme for this year, emphasize the emerging view of student assessment as a far-reaching and balanced system that contributes to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. (See our thoughts on what constitutes a balanced assessment system.) That resonates strongly with us—which is not surprising, considering that our mission is to support teaching and learning by providing meaningful, research-based assessment solutions.

The 2018 conference will offer more than 90 sessions. And we’re proud that Measured Progress experts are involved in ten of them. Here’s an overview.

  • ccsso18-sessionsSenior Advisor for Measurement Solutions Steve Ferrara shares his range of expertise in sessions on growth indicators, standard setting, and more.
  • Matthew Gushta, Principal psychometrician/Research Scientist, addresses the timely topic of mode effect analysis—comparing student scores on paper and online tests.
  • Kelly Ickes, one of our Client Services directors for Special Education, takes part in two sessions on using assessment to understand academic growth and to explore communicative competence skills for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Our NGSS Solutions Leader, Karen Whisler, discusses cognitive complexity for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*).
  • Martin Borg, President and CEO, moderates a session on integrating data from a balanced assessment system with learner engagement data in a continuous improvement framework.
  • Our founding principal, Stuart Kahl, moderates sessions relating to use of performance tasks and collaborative local scoring. 

Learn more about all 10 sessions. If you’re coming to San Diego, be sure to visit us at Booth #501. We hope to see you and share our enthusiasm in San Diego!


Topics: Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Performance Levels, Accountability, Interim Assessments, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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