Since joining the Center in 2002, Charlie DePascale has provided technical guidance and support in the design and use of assessment systems that support student, educator and school accountability systems through direct work with individual states and through participation in multi-state research projects, conference presentations, workshops, and publication of papers. He works with clients to uncover problems and solutions in complex assessment environments, promoting the understanding of the appropriate use and interpretation of assessment and assessment results to support educational policy. A career-long pursuit continues to be fostering understanding of the role of large-scale assessment within a comprehensive assessment system and the role of comprehensive assessment systems within PK-12 education systems.
As a Senior Associate, Charlie has supported Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont in the design, implementation, and ongoing operations of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) from 2003 through 2014. He has also worked extensively and closely with the Rhode Island Department of Education since 2004 on their assessment and accountability initiatives; and has served as a member of the Massachusetts Technical Advisory Committee since 2002. Recently, he has been involved in several projects related to the comparability of assessment results for CCSSO, the Louisiana Department of Education, and Parcc Inc.
Charlie is an active participant in the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), where he has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1997 and served as President from 2000 to 2002. He also joined the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Board of Directors in 2011 and was elected President for 2015-2016.”
Charlie received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a concentration in educational measurement and evaluation.
Charlie DePascale's work focuses on assessment literacy and the strengths and limitations of the use of assessment to support sound educational policy.
Recent and Relevant Publications
DePascale, C. The ideal role of large-scale testing in a comprehensive assessment system. Journal of Applied Testing Technology, [S.l.], p. 1-11. Available at: http://www.jattjournal.com/index.php/atp/article/view/48343
DePascale, C. (2009). Formative reform: purposeful planning for the next generation of assessment and accountability systems. The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment.Available at: RILS FormativeReform CD09
Gong, B. & DePascale, C. (2013). Different but the same: assessment "comparability" in the era of the Common Core State Standards. The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. Available at: Assessment Comparability CD062013
DePascale, C. & Betebenner, D. (2015). Utility vis-à-vis validity. The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. Available at: Utility vis-a-vis Validity.
DePascale, C., Dadey, N., & Lyons, S. (2016). Score comparability across computerized assessment delivery devices. Council of Chief State School Officers. Available at: CCSSO TILSA Score Comparability Across Devices