2015 National Conference on Student Assessment

Monday, June 22, 2015

8:30 AM-11:30 AM


Pre-Session: AERA/APA/NCME Standards
Lauress Wise, Laura S. Hamilton and Linda Cook

8:30 AM-11:45 AM


Pre-Session: Implementing Accessibility Frameworks for ALL Students
Melissa Gholson, Joyce Zurkowski, Nannette Pence and Deb Matthews

10:30 AM-11:30 AM


Pre-Session: 2015 NCSA Newcomer Session
Edward D. Roeber and Edynn Sato

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

2:00 PM-3:30 PM


Symposium: A National Assessment-Literacy Campaign—But Not for Educators
Terry Mazany, Peggy Carr, Louis M. Fabrizio, Lucille Davy, Sharyn Rosenberg and W. James Popham

Symposium: Automated Scoring: From State-of-the-Art to Operational Practice
Michelle Boyer, Mark Shermis, Ph.D., Marty McCall, Vaughn Rhudy, Ed.D. and Vincent Kieftenbeld, Ph.D.

Symposium: Essential Tips for Leveraging Your Vendor’s Expertise to Strengthen the Security of Statewide Assessments
Steve Addicott, Walt Drane Jr., Roger Ervin, Rachel Schoenig and Dennis Maynes

Symposium: Evaluating the Quality of Assessments
Thanos Patelis, Brian Gong, Erika Hall, Ph.D. and Susan Gillmor

Symposium: Foundation of Alignment – New Twists on an Old Theme
Robert Linquanti, Emilie Pooler, Doug Kosty, Kenji Hakuta and Margaret Ho

Symposium: Implementing Accessibility and Accommodations in New Assessment Systems
Laurene Christensen, Ph.D., Jennifer Paul, Melissa Gholson, Audra Ahumada, M.Ed., Trinell Bowman and Cara Laitusis

Symposium: Innovations in Achievement Level Setting for Smarter Balanced Assessments
Joe Willhoft, Michael B. Bunch, Daniel Lewis, Nelson Androes and Gregory J. Cizek

Symposium: Student Growth: Transitioning Systems and Supporting Actionable Interpretations
Juan D'Brot, Ph.D., Angela Hemingway, Andy Middlestead, Carla Howe, Ph.D. and Damian Betebenner, Ph.D.

4:00 PM-5:00 PM


Innovative Approaches to the Assessment of Students in Grades K-3
Amy Scrinzi, Denise Nelson, Cindy Bagwell and Margaret Heritage

Measuring Career Readiness and Student Growth in Career and Technical Education
Nadja Young, M.Ed., NBCT, Steve Gratz, Ph.D., Scott Stump and Tammy Howard, PhD.

Standard Setting and Reporting Research for the PARCC Assessment
Enis Dogan, Mary Pitoniak, Julie Miles, Luis Saldivia, Bradley Moulder and Jeffrey Nellhaus

States Collaborating to Create Efficiencies
Marianne Perie, Scott Smith, Elizabeth Davis and Marianne Perie

Unpacking the Civil Rights Case for Statewide Accountability Assessments
Chad D. Simmons, Circe Stumbo and Ken Morris Jr.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

9:00 AM-10:00 AM


Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards
Judith A Koenig, Joan Herman, Scott Marion and James Pellegrino

Developing and Scoring Technology-Enhanced Items
Stanley Rabinowitz, Sue Lottridge and Mimi Brailsford

Evaluating Student Motivation in Field Testing: Concepts, Implementation, Analysis, and Interpretation
David Brancamp, Jennifer Dunn, Joanne Jensen and Chad W. Buckendahl

Formative, Interim, and Summative Assessment for ELLs: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Tools and Supports for Teachers
Jennifer Paul, Rachel Kachchaf, Magda Chia, Chrystyna Mursky, Patricia Reiss Ph.D and Shobhana Rishi

Investigations into Comparability for the PARCC Assessment
Jasmine Carey, Leslie Keng, Terran Brown, Kyunghee Suh and Enis Dogan

Policy Capturing Approaches to Cut Scores of College Readiness
Joann Moore, Wayne J. Camara, Roger Ervin, Arthur Thacker and Deb Lindsey

10:30 AM-12:00 PM


Showcase 1: Smarter Balanced Digital Library: Focus on Deeper Learning
Chrystyna Mursky, Jeff Haberstroh and Katherine Jueds

Symposium: Challenges for Independent States Implementing Assessments Aligned to College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) Standards
S.E. Phillips, Jennifer Dugan, Shelley Loving-Ryder, Gloria Zyskowski and S.E. Phillips

Symposium: Future of Science Assessment
Lei Liu, Kathleen Scalise, Madeleine Keehner and Cindy Ziker

Symposium: How NAEP Is Leading Assessments into the Future
Amy R. Dresher, Peggy Carr, Joanna Gorin, Jonas Bertling and Brian Gong

Symposium: Improving the Assessment Literacy of Students, Educators, and Policymakers
Edward D. Roeber, Rick Stiggins, Susan Brookhart, W. James Popham and Karen Kidwell

Symposium: Validating Claims of College and Career Readiness
Karla L. Egan, Thanos Patelis and Stephen G. Sireci, Ph.D.

12:15 PM-1:10 PM

1:30 PM-3:00 PM


PLENARY: Testing What’s Important: Reducing Unnecessary Tests While Maintaining High Quality
Chris Minnich, Michael Casserly, Louis M. Fabrizio and Hanna Skandera

3:30 PM-5:00 PM


Incorporating Student Growth in Accountability Systems: Lessons Learned and Midcourse Corrections
J. Christopher Woolard, Tammy Howard, PhD. and John White, Ph.D.

New Research Findings from the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Education (NCAASE)
Gerald Tindal, Ann C. Schulte, Joseph J. Stevens, Steve Elliott and Joseph F. T. Nese

Race to Accessibility: The Past, Present, and Future of Accessible Assessments
Linda Zimmerman, Wayne Dick, Jan McSorley, Dave Edyburn and Trinell Bowman

Re-Envisioning Career Technical Education: Bridging the Gap between College and Career Readiness
Erika Hall, Ph.D., Scott Smith, Lee Burket, Danielle Mezera and Laura Kramer

Test Security’s Changing Landscape in Computerized Testing Environments
Jamie R Mulkey, Michelle Croft, Doug Kosty, Angela Hemingway and S.E. Phillips

The Progress and Promise of Open Source Technology to Support State Assessment Systems
Chris Domaleski, Sharon Hall, Jeffrey Cuff, Doug Wilson, Chloe Torres and Mike Russell

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

8:30 AM-9:30 AM


Automated Scoring for Speaking Assessments
Irene Hunting, Yuan D'Antilio and Erica Baltierra

Enhancing Measurement Precision for the Nation’s Report Card
Gina Broxterman, Kim Gattis and Gloria Dion

Get Connected: Using Statewide Data Systems to Inform Instruction and Improve Learning
Michael Ward, Bob Swiggum, Mark Angel and Michael Gwatney

Research and Development on Templates for Accessible Technology-Enhanced Assessment Items
Cara Laitusis, Teresa King, Dan He, Em Meyer and Troy Couillard

10:00 AM-11:30 AM


Symposium: Comparing Expectations for Validity Models and for New Assessments: Goals, Approaches, Feasibility, and Impact
Mitchell D. Chester, Brian Gong, Rebecca Holcombe, Eva L. Baker and Randy Bennett

Symposium: Comparing NAEP and the Next Generation Science Standards
Cary Sneider, Teresa Neidorf, Kim Gattis, Yan Wang, Alka Arora and Brett Moulding

Symposium: Ensuring Access: Comprehensive Transition to the NCSC System of Professional Development, Instruction, and Assessment
Dr. Leila Williams, Audra Ahumada, M.Ed., Janet Stuck, Karen Stein and Susan Weigert

Symposium: Practical Issues in Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT)
Wim van der Linden, Ph.D., Wim van der Linden, Ph.D., Qi Diao Ph.D, Seung W. Choi, Ph.D. and Patricia Reiss Ph.D

Symposium: Rethinking Our Approach to Testing and Reporting: Special Student Groups and Beyond
Joanna Tomkowicz, Michael Middleton, Huan Wang, Becky Huang and Richard Duran

Symposium: The Role of the SEA (State Education Agency) in Formative Assessment
Gene Kerns, Charity Fleming Smith, Margaret Heritage, Geno Flores and Mike Ward

Symposium: Using Simulations to Assess and Support Science Learning
Lei Liu, Lei Liu, Shu-Kang Chen, Janice Gobert and Cheryl Alcaya

1:00 PM-2:30 PM


Implementing High Quality Assessments for All Students: Lessons Learned
Edward D. Roeber, John Olson, Diane Hernandez, John Weiss, James Wright, Roger Ervin and Barry Topol

Test Security Policies and Procedures for Alternate Assessments
Sheryl Lazarus, Sharon Hall, Meagan Karvonen, Melissa Gholson and Toni Wheeler

The Power of Performance Assessment: An Arts Assessment Program as a Model for All Disciplines
Kathryn Dewsbury-White, Andy Middlestead, Dru Davison and Stuart Kahl

The Road More Traveled: Next Generation Assessments and the State of All Six Multi-State Consortia
Robert Crawford, Neal Kingston, Chris Domaleski, Carsten Wilmes, Wes Bruce, Chloe Torres and Jamika Burge

Using High School CCSS Assessments to Inform Policy Decisions and to Track Student Progress
Terran Brown, Eric Zilbert, Max Xu, Ph.D., Susan (Xiujun) Yuan and Yeou Meng Thum

Where Do We Go from Here? Next Generation Assessment Systems for Achievement and Accountability
Tim Vansickle, Louis M. Fabrizio, Michele Walker and Gregory J. Cizek

3:00 PM-4:00 PM


Computer-Adaptive Testing for Students with Disabilities in K–12: Promises and Challenges
Elizabeth Stone, Elizabeth Stone, Linette M. McJunkin and Marty McCall

Computer-Based Assessment: The Benefits and the Challenges
Wes Bruce, Alan Lytle, Michael Middleton and Doug Kosty

Developing and Implementing a Computer-Based Speaking Test for ELLs
Carsten Wilmes, Robert Fugate, Jennifer Paul and Megan Montee

Text Alternatives in Computer-Adaptive Assessments
Elizabeth Barker, Dr. Lisa M. Jackson, Bryan Goodwin and Bryan Gould

Validity of the Next-Generation Assessments for All Students
Liru Zhang, Karla L. Egan, Ming Lei and Dipendra Subedi