Bloomington, MN (PRWEB) May 24, 2011
This week Pearson hosts the culminating workshop in its series of free webinars designed to spark discussion about the design challenges faced as the education community develops next generation assessments. The session on May 25, “Through-Course Common Core Assessments: A Proposed Design for English-Language Arts,” will be lead by Pearson’s Walter (Denny) Way, Senior Vice President, Psychometric & Research Services and Senior Research Scientist Katie McClarty.
In the hour-long webinar, the presenters will 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.
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 and other resources to help others manage the transition.
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, http://www.PearsonAssessments.com/NextGenRoadmap, an initiative intended to engage, encourage input, and help those professionals and organizations tasked with transitioning to online assessments.
Through-Course Common Core Assessments: A Proposed Design for English-Language Arts
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 1-2 p.m. CT
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 http://www.pearsonassessments.com.
For more information:
Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam.gaber(at)pearson(dot)com / @apgaber (twitter)