Call for Proposals

CCSSO 2019 National Conference on Student Assessment

June 24–26, 2019

Orlando, FL


Thank you for making the 2018 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) successful! We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 conference which will be held June 24–26, 2019 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida.


2019 NCSA Conference Purpose
The primary objective of every CCSSO assessment conference is to promote sharing of information and best practices that help states achieve their educational purposes through having the strongest assessment systems possible. Assessment systems include those elements essential to assessments (such as content standards) and assessment infrastructure (such as the technologies necessary for conducting high-quality assessments). The conference also supports professional development, assessment research, and accountability systems that use assessment data.

Conference Theme

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that state education agencies establish college- and career-ready standards and maintain high expectations when assessing all students against those standards. Raising academic standards and creating high-quality assessments that provide meaningful data about student achievement and progress are essential to hold schools accountable for educational excellence and equity. Students across all backgrounds should be given the same opportunity to achieve rigorous standards and to be assessed with well-designed and fair assessments. Educators, policymakers, families, and communities deserve to have a well-rounded picture of how students and schools are performing. This year, the NCSA's theme is "Measure What Matters, and Create Accountability for Equity." Designing and implementing high-quality assessment and accountability systems is a core state responsibility with profound implications for equity. The goal of the 2019 conference is to give states a forum to share the best practices, strategies, research studies, resources, and innovative methods when measuring student learning and holding districts and schools accountable for educational progress.


Conference Strands

Education assessment and accountability systems are designed to improve student achievement and school services by providing information that supports state leaders, districts, and schools in making informed decisions about educational quality and equity. We hope this conference will help states design, implement, and evaluate their systems and make continuous improvement to best meet the needs of students. Your proposal should be aligned with the conference theme and be clearly related to at least one of the following areas:

  • High-quality Assessments
  • Equitable Accountability
  • Effective Uses of Data
  • Continuous Evaluation and Improvement
  • Meaningful Communication of Student and School Outcomes

Conference Dates

The conference will take place over a three-day period–Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 26, 2019. By submitting a proposal, you agree to be available to participate during any of the three days of the conference. Requests for specific days or times for participation are not accepted.

  • Monday, June 24: Pre-Conference Sessions: 8:00 am–11:30 am
  • Monday, June 24: Half-day conference begins: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25: Full-day conference: 8:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 26: Full-day conference: 8:30 am–4:00 pm

Presenter Participation Policy

In order to encourage broad participation, individuals may participate in no more than three (3) sessions. If more than three of your proposals are accepted, you will be required to choose which three you agree to present.

Presenters must register and pay all fees associated with the conference (e.g., conference registration, travel, and lodging).

If the proposal is accepted, CCSSO expects the presenters to upload any papers or presentations to the online conference repository prior to the start of the conference.

Steps and Instructions:

  1. Session Type

    Proposal submission formats include: 60-Minute Symposia, 90-Minute Symposia, and 45-Minute Roundtables.

    • Symposia: The symposium sessions are organized around an issue or theme and provide opportunities to examine a topic from a variety of perspectives, engage the audience in discussion, and draw from a wide range of experiences. CCSSO prefers sessions that bring multiple perspectives to bear on a single issue, particularly those that bring more than one state perspective. Single presenter sessions will not be considered. All symposia presenters are urged to connect their proposal to the conference theme and strands. CCSSO suggests no more than three (3) presenters in a 60-minute symposium and no more than four (4) presenters in a 90-minute symposium. If your session has a discussant, the discussant should be included in the suggested number of presenters referenced above. A moderator is not included in the suggested number.
    • Roundtable: Roundtables are excellent for giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar interests. Roundtables are 45-minute oral presentations, but most will include an extended discussion component with ample time for questions. Roundtables do not have traditional audio-visual aids available, but presenters can bring handouts illustrating their work. Each roundtable will have approximately 10 people (including presenters) in attendance. The topic should adhere to the conference purpose, theme, and strands. CCSSO suggests no more than two (2) presenters in a roundtable session. Any promotion of a product is prohibited.
  2. Session Detail

    1. Title: Titles must be limited to no more than 20 words and clearly indicate the specific nature of the session.
    2. Submitter Full Name and Email: Submitter's name and email address are required. The submitter will be the primary contact for all questions and communication about the submission. All correspondence about the submission, which will be conducted via email, will be sent to the submitter, including the acceptance/rejection notifications. It is the responsibility of the submitter to communicate with all presenters regarding all correspondence pertaining to the submission.

      Note: Be sure to provide an email address that you check regularly and will maintain. The submitter will not be automatically listed as a presenter; therefore, if the submitter is also a presenter, you must enter the information again when entering presenters.

    3. Topic Strands: You must select at least one primary topic strand and may optionally select a secondary topic strand.
    4. Proposal Summary: The proposal summary is required to be limited to no more than 150 words. The summary will be included in the printed conference program and the conference mobile app if the proposal is accepted. We suggest that you compose your proposal summary and proposal abstract in your word processor, check spelling and word count, and then cut and paste into the system since the proposal system does not have a spell check.
  3. Presenters

    1. In order to encourage broad participation, individuals may participate in no more than three (3) sessions. If more than three of your proposals are accepted, you will be required to choose which three you agree to present.
    2. You will be required to submit the following information for all presenters, discussant, and/or moderator:
      • First and Last Name
      • Title
      • Organization
      • Email Address
      • Phone Number

    Note:

    • The 60-minute symposium should have no more than three (3) presenters. If your session has a discussant, the discussant should be included in the number of presenters' referenced. A moderator is not included in this number.
    • The 90-minute symposium should have no more than four (4) presenters. If your session has a discussant, the discussant should be included in the number of presenters' referenced. A moderator is not included in this number.
    • The roundtable session should have no more than two (2) presenters.
  4. Abstract

    Your abstract must be limited to no more than 500 words. The abstract will be carefully read and then rated by the Program Planning Committee and the Proposal Review Committee. The proposal needs to define the issue(s) that will be presented, the relevance of the topic, what will be shared, how the presentations relate to overall session goals, and leave enough time for questions from the audience. We suggest that you compose your proposal summary and proposal abstract in your word processor, check spelling and word count, and then cut and paste into the system since the proposal system does not have a spell check.

  5. Confirmation

    You will have a chance to look over your submission to make sure all is complete before you submit your proposal.

  6. General Instructions

    Submitting a session proposal is a step-by-step process. It is recommended that you prepare your written content in a Word document and then copy and paste your content into the appropriate fields because the system does not have a spell check or word count. You must complete the first step to proceed to the second step, and so on. Proposals may be viewed and modified at any time between submission and the deadline. You have to use the assigned proposal ID# and password which will be provided to the submitter and presenters via an automatic email message that contains links back to the submitted proposal as the proposal is being entered.

  7. FAQ

    1. Q: What is the submission deadline for the proposals?
      A: The deadline for all abstracts is Monday, October 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST. Submissions that are incomplete at this time will be withdrawn.

    2. Q: Will CCSSO pay my travel expenses and registration fee to attend the conference if I am a presenter?
      A: CCSSO does not pay ANY honoraria, speaker fees, or travel expenses to breakout session speakers.

    3. Q: Will I have an Internet connection or other electrical support?
      A: Symposia Sessions: Symposia session rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, one (1) wired microphone, head table for up to 5 seats, and one (1) wired internet line or WiFi. Any other audiovisual equipment (i.e. audio, flipcharts, etc.,) must be requested in advance and paid for by the presenters.

      Roundtable Sessions: No audio visual equipment is supplied at roundtable sessions. Presenters may bring their own laptop. Presenters should provide an electronic copy of all handouts to share prior to the conference or provide hardcopies during discussion.


    4. Q: How long can the proposal abstracts be?
      A: Proposal abstracts can be no more than 500 words. The proposal needs to define the issue(s) that will be presented, the relevance of the topic, what will be shared, how the presentations relate to overall session goals, and leave enough time for questions from the audience. The proposal summary is a brief description that will be used in the online and printed program if your proposal is selected. The proposal summary can be no more than 150 words.

    5. Q: What are the conference strands?
      A: Education assessment and accountability systems are designed to improve student achievement and school services by providing information that supports state leaders, districts, and schools in making informed decisions about educational quality and equity. We hope this conference will help states design, implement, and evaluate their systems and make continuous improvement to best meet the needs of students. Your proposal should be aligned with the conference theme and be clearly related to at least one of the following areas:

      • High-quality Assessments
      • Equitable Accountability
      • Effective Uses of Data
      • Continuous Evaluation and Improvement
      • Meaningful Communication of Student and School Outcomes

    6. Q: I've already begun a submission. How do I return to it?
      A: When you began your submission, you should have received an email which contains a link directly back to your submission. You can also log into your submission on the right side of this page with the proposal ID# and password provided to you in your submission email.

    7. Q: I began a submission, but didn't receive any emails.
      A: Clickhere and we will send you an email reminder. Make sure that the email address entered on the title step is correct. Also, make sure that you've added ccsso@confex.com to your address book. If still no luck at receiving your login information, contact the NCSA team at ncsa@ccsso.org. Please make sure to include the title of your proposal.

    8. Q: When will I be notified if my proposal has been accepted?
      A: Notifications will be emailed to all listed presenters by January 15, 2019. If you do not receive a notification letter by January 15, contact Carla Toye at carla.toye@ccsso.org.

    9. Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the Call for Proposals?
      A: Contact Carla Toye, Senior Program Associate, via email at carla.toye@ccsso.org or by phone at 202.326.8695

Proposal Review Process

Proposals will be rated holistically on a scale of 1 - 5. The Program Planning Committee and Proposal Review Committee will keep the following dimensions in mind when rating the proposals:

  • Relevance to the Theme and Strands (to what degree does the proposal address topics within or across the strands)
  • Relevance for the Attendees (to what degree does the proposal address topics of importance to the target audience)
  • Contribution to the Field (to what degree does the proposal add new information or a new perspective to the field)
  • Quality of the Written Proposal (to what degree is the proposal well-written and meets appropriate technical standards)
  • Diversity (to what degree does the proposal show the diversity of opinions, methods, or practices)

NOTE: Extra credit will be given to proposals that include state representative(s) and proposals that focus on the annual theme of "Measure What Matters, and Create Accountability for Equity."

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning and Proposal Review Committees, which are comprised of state and district assessment personnel, test developers, university personnel, and regional lab personnel with expertise in policy, assessment, and accountability issues. During the proposal review process, the committee members will not rate any proposal in which they are participating. Additionally, members will not rate proposals submitted by their companies.

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Open Date September 7, 2018
Proposal submission deadline (extended) October 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM (PDT)
Presenter Notification Email No later than January 15, 2019
Draft Program available online January 15, 2019

Contact Us

Technical Support

For help in submitting an abstract online, email Tech Support.

For more information regarding the National Conference on Student Assessment, email the NCSA Team.

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The National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) is the premiere forum for assessment practitioners to discuss educational assessments..

Since 1971, NCSA has been the trusted forum for assessment practitioners to learn and reflect upon current and emerging trends in education and educational assessments. Each year the conference draws around 1,000 attendees including federal, state, and district agencies, test publishers, educational consultants, university faculty, and organizations supporting technology, education, and business.

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