Open Webinar Series: "Design Challenges and Solutions for Next Generation Assessments" Available to Educators in May

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Four Sessions Offered by Pearson Focus on Through-Course Common Core Assessments, Scoring for Performance-Based Items, and Automated Scoring

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Today Pearson announced a series of webinars designed to spark educator discussion about the design challenges faced as the education community develops next generation assessments. In this new era of student assessment fundamental shifts are required in how assessments are developed, delivered and scored, and in how the resulting data is used to improve teaching and learning. As such Pearson is providing webinars to help others manage the transition. These four, 60-minute sessions are just one component of Pearson's overall commitment to collaborating with the education community to help develop our country's next generation of student assessments.

Other components illustrating Pearson's commitment to this initiative include the launch of a special web site, Next Generation Assessments, that features free access to numerous white papers and other resources to help states as they design and deliver new assessment systems; as well as a recently launched wiki,, an initiative intended to engage, encourage input, and help those professionals and organizations tasked with transitioning to online assessments.

Following is a complete list of the webinar series including the date of each presentation as well as intended topics and presenters:

  • Session #1:

Through-Course Common Core Assessments: A Modular Design for Mathematics
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1-2 p.m. CT
In this session, a modular through-course assessment design for sixth grade mathematics will be examined 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 will also be discussed.

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, 1-2 p.m. CT
This session is based on the Pearson white 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 will also be discussed.

Marianne Jones, Director, Scoring and Operations, Pearson
Tracy Freeman, Director, Program Technology, Pearson
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  • Session #3:

Automated Scoring Readiness for Next Generation Assessments
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1-2 p.m. CT
In this session, the presenter will describe the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) scoring technology can support the requirements for next generation assessments. Practical considerations for using AI scoring across a variety of item types by making it an integral part of assessment design will also be discussed.

Karen Lochbaum, Vice President, 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, 1-2 p.m. 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.

Walter (Denny) Way, SVP, Psychometric & Research Services, Pearson
Katie McClarty, Senior Research Scientist, Pearson
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About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to

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Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam(dot)gaber(at)pearson(dot)com / @apgaber (twitter)


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