I'm happy to invite you to a conversation that I am honored to be having next week with Dr. Lorrie A. Shepard on the very important topic of testing and accountability in a conversation moderated by Peter Dewitt for his online talk show at Education Week. The event is free and open to the public. It takes place next Wednesday,
The pandemic has disrupted lives and schooling for nearly a year—and some in the education space—and beyond—worry about lost learning. One way to know what has been lost is through testing, but is it reasonable to hold students—or their teachers—accountable for one of the most challenging years in recent memory? This year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP—often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card—has been postponed because of the pandemic. What impact will this decision have on education in this country?
Join Peter DeWitt as he sits down with researcher Lorrie Shepard, past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, as they discuss this critical topic, especially given the circumstances.
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Lorrie A. Shepard
Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Boulder
Lorrie A. Shepard is University Distinguished Professor?at the University of Colorado Boulder in the?Research and Evaluation Methodology program.? Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings.? Her technical work has contributed to validity theory, standard setting, and statistical models for detecting test bias.? Her research studies on test use have addressed the identification of learning disabilities, readiness screening for kindergarten, grade retention, teacher testing, effects of high-stakes accountability testing, and, most recently, the use of classroom assessment to support teaching and learning.
Dr. Shepard is past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.? She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1992 and served as president from 2005-2009.
Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Texas at Austin
Angela Valenzuela is professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Valenzuela is director of the Texas Center for Education Policy. Previously, she taught in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston, and she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University. Angela is the award-winning author of the book, Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring (1999). Valenzuela serves on the LULAC National Task Force on Higher Education, and is the executive director of the National Latina/o Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAPP), a consortium of ten institutions that enhances teaching for high school youth in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and independent consultant.
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