Appendix
Workshop Agenda and Participants

Workshop on Assessing the Role of K-12 Academic Standards in States

January 17-18, 2008

National Academies Keck Center

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC

Room 100

AGENDA

Thursday, January 17, 2008

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Goals of Workshop Series

Michael Feuer, NRC Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Judith Rizzo, James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy

Lorraine McDonnell, University of California at Santa Barbara; Chair, Workshop Series Steering Committee

SESSION 1:
SETTING THE STATE STANDARDS POLICY CONTEXT

Orienting the event’s discussions in an analysis of existing literature and new research results on contemporary state standards-based reform efforts in California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Texas.

Framing Questions

  1. What are the major roles that standards play in state K-12 education policy and practice?

  2. What are the major strengths and weaknesses of K-12 state standards-based reform efforts with respect to achieving efficiency, equity, and quality? What are states doing to achieve these goals?



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Appendix Workshop Agenda and Participants Workshop on Assessing the Role of K-12 Academic Standards in States January 17-18, 2008 National Academies Keck Center 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC Room 100 AGENDA Thursday, January 1, 200 8:00 am Continental Breakfast 8:30 am Introduction and Goals of Workshop Series Michael Feuer, NRC Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Judith Rizzo, James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Lorraine McDonnell, University of California at Santa Barbara; Chair, Workshop Series Steering Committee SESSION 1: SETTING THE STATE STANDARDS POLICY CONTEXT Orienting the event’s discussions in an analysis of existing literature and new research results on contemporary state standards-based reform efforts in California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Texas. Framing Questions 1. What are the major roles that standards play in state K-12 educa- tion policy and practice? 2. What are the major strengths and weaknesses of K-12 state standards-based reform efforts with respect to achieving effi- ciency, equity, and quality? What are states doing to achieve these goals? 

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0 APPENDIX 3. How and to what degree are the strengths and weaknesses of reform efforts related to the standards themselves? How and to what degree have the standards changed other education policies in states? 4. How and to what degree are the strengths and weaknesses of reform efforts related to having unique state standards? 9:00 am Introduction and Goals of Session Lorraine McDonnell 9:15 am Roles, Impacts, and Perceptions of Standards: Review of Existing Research and Results from Elite Policymaker Interviews in California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Texas Diane Massell, University of Michigan 9:45 am Moderated Discussion, Part 1: Research Perspectives Moderator Lorraine McDonnell Panelists Lynn Olson, Education Week Brian Stecher, RAND Corporation 10:45 am Break 11:00 am Moderated Discussion, Part 2: Policy and Practice Perspectives Moderator Lorraine McDonnell Panelists Rae Ann Kelsch, North Dakota State Representative Scott Montgomery, Council of Chief State School Officers 12:00 pm Session 1 Central Themes Lorraine McDonnell 12:15 pm Lunch

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1 APPENDIX SESSION 2: ESTIMATING COSTS TO STATES Providing a framework for considering costs of state standards and accountability systems and applying that framework to developing empirical estimates in Florida, North Dakota, and Texas. Framing Questions 1. What are the major activities states undertake to develop and maintain a standards-based K-12 education system? What is the nature of the costs to states associated with each of these major activities? 2. What are the sources of variation in these costs by state? 3. What are the costs associated with each major activity across select states? 4. How much do state cost estimates vary for each activity? 5. What are the conceptual and technical issues involved in developing empirical estimates of these costs? 1:15 pm Introduction and Goals for Session Lauress (Laurie) Wise, HumRRO 1:30 pm What States Do to Implement Standards-Based k-12 Education: Toward a Framework for Estimating State Costs Margaret (Peg) Goertz, University of Pennsylvania 1:50 pm Developing Empirical Estimates of State Costs: Results from Florida, North Dakota, and Texas Douglas Harris, University of Wisconsin, Madison Lori Taylor, Texas A&M University 2:30 pm Break 2:45 pm Moderated Discussion, Part 1: Research and Business Perspectives Moderator Laurie Wise Panelists Thomas Toch, Education Sector Susan Traiman, Business Roundtable

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2 APPENDIX 3:30 pm Break 3:45 pm Moderated Discussion, Part 2: Policy and Practice Perspectives Moderator Laurie Wise Panelists David Driscoll, National Assessment Governing Board R. Mark Harris, Human Capital Strategies 4:30 pm Session 2 Central Themes Laurie Wise 4:45 pm End of Formal Agenda for Day 5:00 pm Reception Keck Atrium 6:00 pm Dinner Keck Atrium Friday, January 1, 200 8:00 am Continental Breakfast SESSION 3: ANALYZING STATE STANDARDS Assessing the similarities and differences across K-12 state content and performance standards in core academic subject areas. Framing Questions 1. How and to what extent do K-12 state content standards vary in English/language arts, mathematics, and science at key grades? 2. How and to what extent do K-12 state performance standards vary in English/language arts, mathematics, and science at key grades? 3. How and to what extent does the implementation of K-12 state content and performance standards in classrooms vary in mul- tiple academic subjects?

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 APPENDIX 8:30 am Introduction and Goals for Session Thomas Corcoran, Teachers College 8:45 am Comparing State Content Standards: Topical Coverage and Cognitive Demand in Grades 4 and 8 Reading, Mathematics, and Science in Select States Andrew (Andy) Porter, University of Pennsylvania John Smithson, University of Wisconsin 9:15 am Comparing State Performance Standards: Results from Two Recent Studies Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation 10:00 am Moderated Discussion, Part 1: Research Perspectives Moderator Tom Corcoran Panelists Barbara Reys, University of Missouri William Schmidt, Michigan State University 10:45 am Break 11:00 am Moderated Discussion, Part 2: Policy and Practice Perspectives Moderator Tom Corcoran Panelists Peter McWalters, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Roy Romer, Strong American Schools Campaign 11:45 am Session 3 Central Themes Tom Corcoran

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 APPENDIX BREAkOuT GROuPS: LOOkING ACROSS ISSuES Developing ideas from across the three sessions in small, mixed-role groups. 12:00 pm Working Lunch in Breakout Groups Goals, Introductions, Brainstorming 12:30 pm Breakout Group Moderated Discussions 1:45 pm Reporting Out (Room 100) Group Moderators 2:15 pm Wrap-up of Workshop 1: Reflections on Workshop Themes Moderator Lorraine McDonnell Panelists Robert Linn, University of Colorado William Tate, Washington University in St. Louis Karen Wixson, University of Michigan 3:00 pm Looking Ahead to Workshop 2: Outstanding Issues and Questions Judith Rizzo 3:30 pm Adjourn

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 APPENDIX PARTICIPANTS Allison Armour-Garb, Education Studies, Rockefeller Institute of Government Alix Beatty, Center for Education, The National Academies Ilene Berman, Education Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education Betty Carvellas, Teacher Advisory Council, The National Academies Michael Casserly, Council of the Great City Schools Thomas Corcoran, CPRE, Teachers College, Columbia University Stephanie Dean, The Hunt Institute David Driscoll, National Assessment Governing Board Kelly Duncan, Center for Education, The National Academies Stuart Elliott, Center for Education, The National Academies Mark Emblidge, Virginia Board of Education William Ewell, The Hunt Institute Michael Feuer, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, The National Academies Catherine Freeman, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, The National Academies Michael Gilligan, The Hunt Institute Margaret E. Goertz, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania Steven Gorman, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education Lisa Guckian, The Hunt Institute Ferrel Guillory, The Hunt Institute Daria Hall, The Education Trust Douglas N. Harris, Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison R. Mark Harris, Human Capital Strategies, LLC Margaret Hilton, Center for Education, The National Academies Barbara Kapinus, National Education Association Rae Ann Kelsch, North Dakota State Representative Judy Koenig, Center for Education, The National Academies Andrew Kolstad, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education Barnett A. (Sandy) Kress, Akin Gump Stauss Hauer & Feld LLP Stephanie Levin, CPRE, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania Dane Linn, National Governors Association

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 APPENDIX Robert L. Linn, Department of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder Bethany Little, Alliance for Excellent Education Diane Massell, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, University of Michigan Lorraine M. McDonnell, Department of Political Science, University of California at Santa Barbara Gregory F. McGinity, The Broad Foundation Peter McWalters, Rhode Island Department of Education Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Carnegie Corporation Scott Montgomery, Council of Chief State School Officers Patricia Morison, Center for Education, The National Academies Lynn Olson, Education Week Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Morgan Polikoff, Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Pennsylvania Andy Porter, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania Suellen Reed, Indiana Department of Education Michael Resnick, National School Boards Association Barbara J. Reys, Learning Teaching and Curriculum, University of Missouri Judith Rizzo, The Hunt Institute Roy Romer, Strong American Schools Campaign Ian Rosenblum, Governor’s Office of Pennsylvania William Schmidt, Michigan State University Sheila R. Schultz, Educational Policy Impact Center, Human Resources Research Organization John Smithson, Measures of the Enacted Curriculum, University of Wisconsin at Madison Brian Stecher, RAND Corporation William Tate, Department of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis Lori Taylor, Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University Thomas Toch, Education Sector Lisa Towne, Center for Education, The National Academies Susan Traiman, Education and Workforce Policy, Business Roundtable Ruth Wattenberg, American Federation of Teachers Lauress Wise, Human Resources Research Organization Karen K. Wixson, School of Education, University of Michigan