Next Generation Alignment Approaches: Needs and Promising Directions

Saturday, June 22, 2013: 10:00 AM-10:55 AM
National Harbor 4 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • Alignment is not Q or A_NCSA 2013_Forte.pdf (187.7 kB)
  • DavisBecker Next Generation CCSSO 2013.pdf (105.4 kB)
  • Webb 15 Years of Alignment June 20 2013.pdf (142.0 kB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Transitioning assessment systems
    Alignment of assessments to content standards is a key part of test design and test validation.  Several different methods have been developed to operationalize evaluation of degree of alignment, and used, notably in USED Peer Review of state assessments.  There have been some calls for improvements in currently available alignment study methods, noting the arbitrary nature of some of the “good enough” criteria, questions of whether they could capture the key qualitative aspects of Common Core-based assessments, and poor fit with assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities and for computer-adaptive tests.  What has been learned about the strengths and limitations of current popular alignment analysis approaches?  What are some new developments that may be useful in the future?