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3/18/2011
When: Friday, March 18th
From 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM
Where: Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20001
United States
Contact: Christy Talbot at AERA
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YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
the next Education Policy Forum Luncheon
on the topic of

"The Future of NAEP and its Governing Board"

Co-sponsored by
The American Educational Research Association and the Institute for Educational Leadership


New Location: Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Avenue, NWSuite 700
Washington, DC 20001
(near Union Station metro stop) 

The late Al Shanker, former head of the American Federation of Teachers, referred to the National Assessment of Educational Progress as the "jewel in the crown” of school reform efforts. For over fifty years, NAEP has been regarded as the "nation's report card” – an objective measure of national, state, and urban education achievement. For most of this time, NAEP has been under the leadership of the National Assessment Governing Board.

However, the nation's policy makers are now intent on creating standards and assessments that challenge the primacy of NAEP as the gold standard of education assessment. The introduction of common-core standards and new assessments to accompany them cause some to question the need for a national assessment in this new climate. The new press for a high level of congruence between a specific curriculum and assessments, along with the heightened interest in measures of college and career readiness, are outside the historic concept of NAEP as a standard measure of K-12 achievement. And, of course, NAEP is not useful in rewarding teachers or schools for their improved performance.

Our discussion will review the robust program that has been developed over the years under the leadership of NAGB, and will assess its role in the future of assessment in the nation.

Cornelia Orr has been Executive Director of NAGB since 2009. Previously she was Deputy Commissioner of Accountability in Florida and director of testing and assessment in Leon County (Fla.) schools. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Assessment at Florida State University.

The luncheon will be held in the Council of Chief State Schools Officers office, located at One Massachusetts Avenue, NW (closest to Union Station metro on the red line).

*Required reservations may be sent by email (programasst@aera.net) to Christy Talbot at AERA. Limited available seating is assigned according to the order in which reservations are received. Thirteen dollars for the subsidized lunch will be collected at the door.

This luncheon is sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the Institute for Educational Leadership.

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