Artificial Intelligence Scoring Technology and Student Assessment Explored in Free Webinar From Pearson

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Third in Series of Online Workshops Focused on Developing Next Generation Assessments Scheduled for May 18

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Pearson continues its series of free webinars designed to spark discussion about the design challenges faced as the education community develops next generation assessments with this week’s session, “Automated Scoring Readiness for Next Generation Assessments.” In the May 18th 60-minute webinar, Karen Lochbaum, vice president of technology for the company’s Knowledge Technologies group, 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.

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. Pearson is providing webinars to help others manage the transition. This series of online workshops is 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 list of the remaining webinars to be presented including intended topics and presenters:

Session #3:
Automated Scoring Readiness for Next Generation Assessments
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1-2 p.m. CT
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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, the presenters 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, Senior Vice President, 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

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


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