Below is a list of NAEP-related sessions excerpted from the preliminary conference program on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) 2015 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) web pages. Consult the program for pre- and post-sessions. When you arrive at the conference, please check for any schedule changes.
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Grand Hall CD (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)
Showcase 1: NAEP Technology Based-Assessments: The Assessment Experience
Lead Presenter: Dianne Walsh and Kevin Price
As computers and digital tools play an increasingly important role in today's classrooms, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is advancing with technology-based assessments (TBAs) to measure what the nation's students know and can do. The NAEP program is in the midst of transitioning all of its assessments to technology-based content and delivery. In 2015, NAEP will complete the first large-scale pilot of TBAs in various subjects, with additional subjects being piloted in subsequent years. The approach developed for the NAEP TBA assessment experience, including the equipment, universal design features, and tutorial, will be shared at the showcase. In addition, observations from the 2015 large-scale pilots related to the student experience with the equipment and tools, as well as the overall testing experience, will be shared at the showcase.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Harbor H (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)
Symposium: How NAEP Is Leading Assessments into the Future
Presenters: Peggy Carr, Joanna Gorin, and Jonas Bertling
Discussant: Brian Gong
Moderator: Amy R. Dresher
In an effort to continuously advance the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) convened a series of meetings in 2011 and 2012 focusing on the future of NAEP. Participants engaged in productive discussions and debates, exchanging forward-thinking ideas about what role NAEP should play five, ten, and twenty years down the road. These discussions and recommendations were summarized in a white paper titled NAEP: Looking Ahead—Leading Assessment into the Future. At this point, a few years later, NCES has implemented many of the recommendations. This session will update stakeholders on many of these initiatives, particularly the transition to technology-based assessments (Presentation 1), the creation of an innovations lab (Presentation 2), and advances in survey questionnaires (Presentation 3). The session will conclude with a synthesis and reflection by one of the original panelists from the 2011 meeting.
8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Harbor D (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)
Enhancing Measurement Precision for the Nation's Report Card
Presenters: Gina Broxterman, Kim Gattis, and Gloria Dion
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is developing ways to more accurately measure and report the knowledge and skills of students across the achievement continuum on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), especially at the lower and higher ends of the performance continuum. Join us to hear lessons learned from designing and implementing two studies. The Knowledge and Skills Assessment focused on adding test questions designed to measure performance at the lower end of the NAEP scale to the item pool, and the Mathematics Computer-Based Study implemented a multi-stage testing model to improve precision at both ends of the NAEP scale. As the leader in measuring student progress nationwide, NCES will share valuable insights from these approaches and involve attendees in discussing other ways to improve the accuracy of student assessments.