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The McGraw-Hill webinar series: Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments

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Information-Packed Webinars to Support State Assessment Programs

CTB/McGraw-Hill will host an invitational webinar series, Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments, beginning on October 4 and running through December 2010. The free webinars will focus on item types and psychometric and other considerations that the state assessment consortia and other states envision for this next generation of state assessment programs. All presentations, commentaries, and illustrative items and tasks will focus on assessing achievement of the Common Core State Standards, monitoring growth toward college and career readiness, and targeting intended content area knowledge, skills, and cognitive processes.
Each of the (approximately seven) webinars will include a 30 minute presentation by a national expert; 15 minutes of commentary by other experts, including state assessment program staff; and 15 minutes for participant discussion.

Session 1: Overview on Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments
October 4, Monday, 4:00--5:00 PM Eastern Time
Presenter: Suzanne Lane, University of Pittsburgh
Commentator: Ed Roeber, Michigan State University

NOTE: Suzanne Lane's research grants include: 2010 Principal Investigator, Common Core Alignment Study, Pennsylvania Department of Education (62,384)

Roeber is former director of assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers

Session 2: Assessing Mathematics Learning and Growth in the Next Generation of State Assessments
October 15, Friday, 3:30--4:30 PM Eastern Time
Presenter: Alan Schoenfeld, University of California at Berkeley
Commentator: TBD

NOTE: Member Mathematics Assessment Project
Gates Foundation/UC Berkeley 2009-13 Funding for this US-based project is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of California, Berkeley,part of the Foundation's College and Career Readiness Collaboration.

Session 3: Assessing Learning and Growth in the Reading Common Core Standards for the Next Generation of State Assessments
October 21, Thursday, 2:00--3:00 PM Eastern Time
Presenter: P. David Pearson, University of California at Berkeley
Commentator: TBD

NOTE: National Writing Project Board Member P. David Pearson served on the validation committee for the Common Core

National Writing Project Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Date: July 2010
Purpose: to develop Literacy By Design modules with an emphasis on writing for middle and high school students
Amount: $549,489
Term: 1 year and 3 months
Topic: High Schools
Region Served: North America, Global
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Berkeley, California

Final Session: The Educational Testing Industry's Current and Needed Capabilities for Supporting the Next Generation of State Assessments
Date and time: TBD
Presenter: Ed Roeber, Michigan State University

Topics for subsequent sessions will include:

* Assessing the writing, listening, and speaking Common Core Standards using performance assessment

* Capitalizing on technology capabilities to assess achievement of the Common Core Standards and growth toward College and Career Readiness in meaningful ways

* Using concept maps and learning progressions for test design, item and task development, and validation

* Psychometrics for large-scale assessments with mixed item formats

These free webinars are open to all educational professionals within your organization who will work on assessments of the Common Core Standards. If you would like colleagues in your organization to receive future announcements, please email Steve Ferrara at Steve_Ferrara@ctb.com and include their name, title, organization, and email address.

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