2017 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series



September 28th – 29th, 2017
Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center
100 Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Conference Overview

In the fall of 2017, the Next Generation Science Standards will be four years old. Efforts to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities captured by the standards are, and will be, at different stages of development and based on different conceptions of what it means to assess the NGSS. The goal of this conference is to draw together those involved or interested in efforts to assess the NGSS to better understand:

  • The NGSS and the challenges the standards pose to assessment,
  • Approaches to assessing the NGSS and how the results of those approaches might be evaluated, and
  • What the future of NGSS assessment might look like, with emphasis on what questions or issues will become important and how current and future design efforts can address them.

By gathering a diverse group of participants, this conference is meant to provide a place for individuals to share lessons learned and possibly pool resources to address common concerns. The conference is also meant to provide a check in on the state of the art of NGSS assessment – providing an overview of development efforts across schools, districts, states and organizations that can act as a touchstone for future development efforts.



Thursday, September 28th

8:00 AM

Breakfast available

8:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction to RILS
PRESENTER: Scott Marion (Center for Assessment)



9:00 AM

Jumping into the NGSS
This session provides an overview of the structure of the NGSS and illustrating what three dimensional learning looks like within the classroom.
PRESENTERS: William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder), TJ Smolek (Michigan Department of Education)

9:45 AM

Stretch Break

9:50 AM

Specifying the Domain of the NGSS for Assessment
Translating the NGSS into a working assessment blueprint involves a number of decisions, decisions that can ultimately lead to very different assessments. In this session members of several states will present their particular approaches to operationalizing the NGSS as the target of assessment.
PRESENTER & FACILITATOR: Brian Gong (Center for Assessment)
PRESENTERS: Kevin King (WestEd), April McCrae (Delaware Department of Education), Kathleen Scalise (University of Oregon)



11:05 AM


11:20 AM

Score Reports & Subclaims
This session explores ways in which summative assessment results can be reported, with emphasis on subscores and the subclaims that support them.
PRESENTER & FACILITATOR: Nathan Dadey (Center for Assessment)
PANELISTS: Jon Cohen (American Institutes for Research), Kevin King (WestEd), TJ Smolek (Michigan Department of Education)


12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Item Walk
The “item walk” will provide attendees with the opportunity to examine example items from multiple assessment programs, to both illustrate and explore the challenges of three dimensional item and task design.
FACILITATORS: Scott Marion and Nathan Dadey (Center for Assessment)
PRESENTERS: Jon Cohen (AIR), Christopher Harris (SRI), Kevin King (WestEd), Kathleen Scalise (University of Oregon), Bill Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder) Karen Whisler (Measured Progress)

3:00 PM


3:15 PM

The Alignment Challenge
This session explores how we can adjust, or develop new, alignment methods and criteria to fairly evaluate how well the test embodies the NGSS, while at the same time, minimizing unintended negative consequences.
FACILITATOR: Jeri Thompson (Center for Assessment)
PRESENTERS: Aneesha Badrinarayan (Achieve), Sara Christopherson (WebbAlign), Christopher Harris, (SRI)
PANELISTS: Sean Elkins (Kentucky Department of Education), April McCrae (Delaware Department of Education), Jan Sibley (Louisiana Department of Education), TJ Smolek (Michigan Department of Education)



4:55 PM

Closing Reflections for Day 1
PRESENTER: Brian Gong (Center for Assessment)

5:00 PM

Adjourn for Day One

5:30 PM

Join us for light hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we get to know one another and reflect on the day’s discussions.

Friday, September 29th

7:30 AM

Breakfast and “Breakfast Table Discussions”
Join colleagues for optional breakfast discussions about issues of interest that extend beyond the NGSS, such as ESSA accountability systems, innovative assessment pilots, capacity-building for NGSS implementation, and other potential topics of mutual interest.
FACILITATORS: Center for Assessment Associates
TOPICS: To be posted by September 28

8:30 AM

Technical Issues in Summative Assessment
This session looks under the hood at some key technical issues, including: measurement models, equating, and standard setting.
FACILITATOR: Erika Landl (Center for Assessment)
PRESENTERS: Leslie Keng, Joseph Martineau (Center for Assessment)
PANELISTS: Jon Cohen (AIR), Kathleen Scalise (University of Oregon)



9:30 AM

Systems of Assessment
The National Research Council’s report, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards stressed the importance of a system of assessments to support the learning and assessment of the NGSS. This session examines the challenges and opportunities to the design and implementation of science assessment systems.
PRESENTERS & FACILITATORS: William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder), Scott Marion (Center for Assessment)
PANELISTS: April McCrae (Delaware Department of Education), Sean Elkins (Kentucky Department of Education)



10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Addressing Current and Future Challenges
This interactive session provides participants with the opportunity to collaborate with one another in small groups on near- and long-term challenges of NGSS assessment. Group topics will be created based on attendee online submissions at the end of day one.
FACILITATORS: Center for Assessment Associates.

12:00 PM

Closing Reflections
PRESENTER: Chris Domaleski (Center for Assessment)



12:15 PM

Lunch and Adjourn