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APPENDIX A Workshop Agenda The National Academies Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) Performance Assessments for Adult Education: Exploring the Measurement Issues State Plaza Hotel 2116 F Street, NW Diplomat Room December 12-13, 2001 December 12th 8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introductions Pasquale DeVito, Director of BOTA Bob Mislevy, Chair of the Committee on Alternatives for Assessing Adult Education and Literacy Programs Member of BOTA, University of Maryland, College Park 8:45 – 9:45 PANEL 1: POLICY CONTEXT Assessment in the Context of the Adult Education and Literacy System John Comings, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Overview of the Workforce Investment Act and National Reporting System Mike Dean, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education Equipped for the Future: A Standards-Based Approach to Defining and Measuring Results in the Adult Education and Literacy System Sondra Stein, National Institute for Literacy, Washington, DC Discussion Facilitator: Judy Alamprese, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD 9:45–10:00 Break 10:00 – 11:30 PANEL2: DEVELOPING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS Using theStandards for Educational and Psychological Testing Pamela Moss, University of Michigan Developing High-Quality Performance Assessments Stephen Dunbar, University of Iowa Discussion Facilitator: Neal Schmitt, Michigan State University 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 2:00 PANEL3: LESSONS LEARNED FROM OTHER CONTEXTS AND DISCIPLINES Lessons Learned from Implementing the External High School Diploma Program Judy Alamprese, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD
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Lessons from K-12 State Assessments: •Lessons Learned from the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) Mark Moody, Maryland Department of Education •Standards-Based K-12 Testing: Lessons from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Kit Viator, Massachusetts Department of Education Performance Assessment: Some Issues and Lessons from Implementation in the Field of Language Assessment Eduardo Cascallar, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC 2:00 – 2:15 Break 2:15 – 3:45 PANEL3 CONTINUED •Assessing Numeracy Myrna Manly, El Camino College, Torrance, CA •AAAS/Project 2061’s Assessment Analysis Work Leah Bricker, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC •Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS): A Statewide, Curriculum-Embedded, Performance-Based Screening Tool with Complimentary Internet Support Marcia Invernizzi and Joanne Meier, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia Discussion Facilitator: Susan Cowles, Linn-Benton Community College, Covallis, OR
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3:45 – 4:00 Break 4:00 – 5:00 PANEL 4: DISCUSSION, SYNTHESIS, AND HIGHLIGHTING OF MAINISSUES Discussants: • Cheryl Keenan, Pennsylvania Department of Education • Jim Impara, Buros Institute of Assessment Consultation and Outreach, Lincoln, Nebraska • Richard Hill, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Discussion Facilitator: Bob Mislevy, University of Maryland, College Park 5:00 Adjourn December 13th 7:45 – 8:15 Continental Breakfast 8:15 – 9:30 PANEL 5: GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS FOR PROPERTIES OF ADULT ASSESSMENT Using the Results of Complex Tasks to Assess the Outcomes of Adult Education Mark Reckase, Michigan State University Comparability: The Search for Meaning Henry Braun, Educational Testing Service 9:30 – 9:45 Break 9:45 – 11:00 Performance Assessments for Adult Education: How to Design Performance Tasks Mari Pearlman, Educational Testing Service Discussion Facilitator: Bob Mislevy, University of Maryland, College Park
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11:00 – 11:45 Panel 6: Implications for Applying the NRS From a State Perspective: Aligning Skills and Learning Gains to the NRS Fran Tracy-Mumford, Delaware Department of Public Instruction Implementing a Standard Assessment System—A Local Perspective Donna Miller-Parker, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA 11:45 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 1:45 PANEL 6 CONTINUED A Test Publisher’s Perspective on the NRS Wendy Yen, K-12 Works, Educational Testing Service How Ready Is ABE for High-Stakes Assessment? Bob Bickerton, Massachusetts Department of Education Discussion Facilitator: Catherine Snow, Harvard Graduate School of Education 1:45 – 2:00 Break 2:00 – 4:30 PANEL 7: CONCLUSIONS AND SYNTHESIS Discussants: • Ronald Hambleton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst • David Thissen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • Barbara Plake, Oscar and Luella Buros Center for Testing, University of Nebraska, Lincoln • Stephen Sireci, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Discussion Facilitator: Lyle Bachman, University of California, Los Angeles 4:30 Closing Comments Bob Mislevy, Chair of the Committee on Alternatives for Assessing Adult Education and Literacy Programs Member of BOTA, University of Maryland, College Park 4:45 Adjourn
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