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Testing Then and Now

Teachers College, Columbia University

Monday, December 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

New York, NY

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To close TC's 125th year celebrations, the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative (AERI) at Teachers College, Columbia University is pleased to announce a conference:

Testing Then and Now
Building on a Legacy in Educational Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation

Monday, December 9, 2013 
7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Conference Schedule:

 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.           Check-in and registration           

 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.           Continental breakfast at Everett Lounge

 8:30 a.m. - 9:00a.m.            Opening Ceremony

 Provost Thomas James, TC, Columbia University

 Warner W. Burke, Edward L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers  College, Columbia University

 Moderator:

 Madhabi Chatterji, TC, Columbia University

 
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.         Session I

Testing, Assessment, and the Scientific Movement in Education: From the Thorndikes to the Present

 Some Milestones in the History of Educational Measurement
      Robert L. Brennan, University of Iowa

 Robert Ladd Thorndike: The Man and His Legacies
      Neal Kingston, University of Kansas

The Founding and Development of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and Reflections on Contributions of TC's Faculty
     Tjeerd Plomp, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Validity, Test Use, and Consequences: Reflections on Some Contemporary Issues in Educational Assessment
     Madhabi Chatterji, TC, Columbia University

Discussant:

Designing and Using Assessments to Create Learning Opportunities for Least Advantaged Students
     Kent McGuire, Southern Education Foundation

Moderator:
     Madhabi Chatterji, TC, Columbia University


10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
      Coffee break
 

11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Session II
The Gordon Commission's Perspectives: Moving toward Assessment for Learning

The Future of Assessment is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed (after William Gibson)
Robert J. Mislevy, Educational Testing Service

Connecting Cognitive Science and Measurement Science: An Argument Regarding Necessity and Sufficiency 
James W. Pellegrino, University of Illinois at Chicago

A Persistent Problem in Evaluating Writing
Clifford Hill, TC, Columbia University

An Anthropologist's Perspectives on Everyday Assessments and Their Relevance to Formal Assessments
Herve Varenne, TC, Columbia University

Discussant:

A Visionary Perspective on Assessment for Education, Born of The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment
Edmund W. Gordon, TC, Columbia University and The Gordon Commission

Moderator:
Ernest Morrell, TC, Columbia University


1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.           Lunch – on your own

2:45p.m. - 4:15 p.m.            Session III

Backlash against Testing Today

This moderated panel discussion will focus on testing and accountability from Pre-K to Higher Education, with specific attention to the roots and potential consequences of the contemporary political backlash against testing, emanating from educators, state’s rights’ advocates, affluent suburbanites, and others.

 Panel Speakers:

Kevin Dougherty, TC, Columbia University
Jeffrey R. Henig, TC, Columbia University
Frederick M. Hess, The American Enterprise Institute
Sharon Lynn Kagan, TC, Columbia University
Jal Mehta, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 Moderator:
President Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University

 

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.           Closing Remarks

President Susan Fuhrman, TC, Columbia University

Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education, and Chair, Department of Organization and Leadership, TC, Columbia University

Moderator:
Madhabi Chatterji, TC, Columbia University

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Closing Reception


Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street
Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Partners
Gordon Commission - http://www.gordoncommission.org/index.html
IUME: http://iume.tc.columbia.edu/

Have questions about Testing Then and Now? Contact Teachers College, Columbia University

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Milbank Chapel
525 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027

Monday, December 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)


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