DCM Innovative Assessment Summit

DCM Innovative Assessment Summit

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Omni Austin Downtown

700 San Jacinto Blvd

Austin, TX 78701

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DCM Innovative Assessment Summit in Austin

Kick off TASA week with other dynamic district and state leaders at a special networking reception at the Omni Austin Downtown. We will enjoy hors d’oevres and drinks as a panel of experts explore how psychometrics and machine learning are changing the landscape of assessment.

Breakthroughs in machine learning technology, data analytics, and psychometric modeling have made reliable through-course assessment possible, providing an alternative to high-stakes summative testing that offers little benefit to students during the learning cycle. The Diagnostic Classification Model (DCM) replaces outdated No Child Left Behind-era, high-stakes assessments based on Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT). With DCM, educators can utilize regular assessment data in real-time to personalize learning and promote student growth.

For attendees of the TASA Assessment Conference who are staying at the Hilton Austin, the Omni Austin Downtown is a 7-minute walk via Austin’s 6th Street Historic District. But the best part is–this free event is open to anyone in the education community interested in learning more about this innovative assessment model!

Your no-cost registration includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and parking at the Omni Austin Downtown.


  • 6:00PM Registration and Reception

  • 6:30PM Panel Discussion on Innovative Assessment, the Diagnostic Classification Model

  • 8:00PM Reception, Networking and Q&A with the Assessment Experts


  • The differences between IRT (uni-dimensional) and DCM (multi-dimensional) assessment and how the DCM model revolutionizes mastery and personalized approaches

  • Results from the successful 2017 State of Kansas pilot of the Diagnostic Classification Model (DCM)

  • How your state or district can move from an end-of-level to a Reliable Through-Course Assessment Model

Join us to learn how this multi-dimensional psychometric model is a game-changer for understanding mastery of standards and personalizing learning in the classroom. Come hear from the world-renowned psychometrician and the industry leaders who have been pioneering this new approach.

“With a reliable DCM through-course assessment, we can get to the heart of what students know and don’t know, and give teachers the reliable and actionable data they need. IRT just can’t do that.”

— Dr. Jonathan Templin, University of Kansas