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Testing Then and Now

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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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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