The Comprehensive Assessment Consortia: A Progress Update

Thursday, March 1, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET


Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., PhD, Executive Director, Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS
Sue Gendron, Policy Advisor, SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Laura Slover, Senior Vice President, Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Two state consortia—Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium—are hard at work putting ambitious designs in place for new assessment systems. They have released materials and will soon select contractors to build assessments and the infrastructure to support them. What do their current plans look like?

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education, with participation from the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS (K–12 Center), for a webinar on Thursday, March 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET, to consider the consortia’s plans. Leaders of the two consortia will provide an update on their activities, including information about content frameworks and specifications and a technology readiness survey. A former state and district superintendent, Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., and a former governor, Bob Wise, will place the consortia’s work in a policy context.

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NOTE: If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at usually a day or two after the event airs.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century.


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