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Next-Generation Webinars

Webinar series: Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014

Pearson has developed a comprehensive resource, Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014. These webinars facilitate a deeper dive into the five recommended steps outlined in the guide:

Session 1: Step 1 “Conducting a Needs Analysis” and Step 2 "Developing a Transition Strategy"
October 6, 2011 1-2 pm CT

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Learn how to evaluate the tools and resources you have available and create a detailed strategy and action plan. This webinar will put you on the road to outlining the various phases of the transition for your specific situation and to setting a realistic timeline to initiate or expand online testing.  Bleil will be joined by Ellen Strain-Seymour, Ph.D. Pearson’s Director of Digital Content Development.


Session 2: Step 3 “Ensuring Interoperability”, Step 4 “Communicating Proactively” and Step 5 "Anticipating Ongoing Change"
November  01, 2011 - 1-2pm CT

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This session will address evaluating and understanding state-specific portability and interoperability needs, creating a forum for sharing technical knowledge, establishing ongoing staff training and ensuring that ongoing needs are anticipated. Bryan Bleil is joined by Pearson's Vice President of Technology Strategy, Wayne Ostler.

 

Webinar series: Design Challenges and Solutions for Next-Generation Assessments

If you missed our webinar series, we’ve got you covered. Download and watch recordings and explore related resources for each of these events below.

Next generation assessments require fundamental shifts in how we develop, deliver, and score assessments and how the data is used to improve teaching and personalize learning. In this webinar series, experts from Pearson discuss design challenges and solutions for next generation assessments, focusing specifically on through-course assessment and scoring for performance-based items. Each pre-recorded session includes a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

 

Session #1: Through-Course Common Core Assessments: A Modular Design for Mathematics 
Wednesday, May 4, 1-2pm CT

This session looks at a modular through-course assessment design for sixth grade mathematics as an example of how to provide flexibility to states while meeting the need to assess and provide actionable feedback throughout the year. Applications to other grades and measurement considerations for the design are discussed.
Presenters: 
Katie McClarty, Senior Research Scientist, Pearson 
Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Test Development, ACT

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Session #2: Considerations for Performance Scoring When Designing and Developing Next Generation Assessments 
Wednesday, May 11, 1-2pm CT

This session is based on the paper "Considerations for Performance Scoring When Designing and Developing Next Generation Assessments” and includes recommendations for how states can develop assessment programs that balance the need for richer, timelier information with the need to create affordable, sustainable assessments. Options for computer-adaptive testing, computer-enhanced items, and assessments supporting multiple methods of scoring are also discussed. 
Presenters: 
Marianne Jones, Director, Scoring and Operations, Pearson
Tracy Freeman, Director, Program Technology 

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Session #3: Automated Scoring Readiness for Next Generation Assessments 
Wednesday, May 18, 1-2pm CT

In this session, we describe the capabilities of AI scoring technology to support the scoring requirements for next generation assessments and present practical considerations for optimizing the operational deployment of AI scoring across a variety of item types by making AI scoring an integral part of assessment design from the start.
Presenters: 
Karen Lochbaum, VP Technology Services, Knowledge Technologies, Pearson

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Session #4: Through-Course Common Core Assessments:  A Proposed Design for English-Language Arts 
Wednesday, May 25, 1-2pm CT

In this session, we propose an English language arts through-course assessment design that leverages online testing, automated scoring, complete and immediate disclosure of both tasks/prompts and student responses, and explicitly avoids commonly used test equating practices. This design can optimize the use of assessment results in formative decision-making and still retain the desired degree of psychometric rigor that characterizes high-stakes educational assessments. 
Presenters: 
Walter (Denny) Way, SVP, Psychometric & Research Services, Pearson
Katie McClarty, Senior Research Scientist, Pearson

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