Opening Luncheon: “Waive” of Change: Reconsidering the Federal Role in Accountability

Thursday, June 20, 2013: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Maryland A,B,C,D (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
Sponsor: ETS
ABSTRACT:
The central goal in NCLB was equity of student outcomes at a level that “no child would be left behind.”  The theory of action in NCLB emphasized a large federal role and essential commonality in many aspects of assessment and accountability design, but with diversity in content standards and assessment implementation.  What should be the goals of education in the next decade?  In the era of the Common Core State Standards and assessment consortia, there is likely to be much less diversity in content standards and assessment systems for English and mathematics.  However, the waivers introduced a fair amount of diversity. What should state accountability systems look like in the next decade, especially ones that incorporate growth, other content areas, interim and formative assessment, and educator evaluation?  How much diversity should there be? Should they be as diverse as the waivers or more centralized from NCLB? What support is needed/appropriate from the federal government?
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