Appendix A

Agenda

The Role of Tests in Higher Education Admissions

A National Research Council Workshop sponsored by the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel

DECEMBER 17-Wyndham Bristol Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, 202-955-6400

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction

 

This workshop is designed as a preliminary exploration of key issues in the debate over the rational role of standardized test results in the selection of students for college. Its purpose is to assist BOTA and OSEP in examining the proper role of test data in higher education admissions, and in identifying directions for further investigation.

 

M.R.C. Greenwood, University of California, Santa Cruz, chair, OSEP

 

Robert Linn, University of Colorado, Boulder, chair, BOTA

8:45 am

Defining Successful Students and Institutional Goals

 

Moderator. Robert Linn

 

Presentation: What is the range of successful college performance across institutions? How do schools determine which questions they want answered about applicants?

 

Thomas Kane, Kennedy School, Harvard University

 

Discussion:

Richard Atkinson, University of California

Maryanne Fox, North Carolina State University



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Appendix A Agenda The Role of Tests in Higher Education Admissions A National Research Council Workshop sponsored by the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel DECEMBER 17-Wyndham Bristol Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, 202-955-6400 8:30 am Welcome and Introduction   This workshop is designed as a preliminary exploration of key issues in the debate over the rational role of standardized test results in the selection of students for college. Its purpose is to assist BOTA and OSEP in examining the proper role of test data in higher education admissions, and in identifying directions for further investigation.   M.R.C. Greenwood, University of California, Santa Cruz, chair, OSEP   Robert Linn, University of Colorado, Boulder, chair, BOTA 8:45 am Defining Successful Students and Institutional Goals   Moderator. Robert Linn   Presentation: What is the range of successful college performance across institutions? How do schools determine which questions they want answered about applicants?   Thomas Kane, Kennedy School, Harvard University   Discussion: Richard Atkinson, University of California Maryanne Fox, North Carolina State University

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9:45 am Break 10:00 am Demystifying the Numbers   Moderator. John Wiley, University of Wisconsin, Madison   Paper: High Stakes and Ubiquitous Presence: An Overview and Comparison of the ACT Assessment Program and the SAT program.   Richard Jaeger, University of North Carolina Linda Wightman, University of North Carolina   Paper: National Trends in the Use of Test Scores in College Admissions   Hunter Breland, Educational Testing Service   Discussion: Are the uses of test results consistent with the intentions of the examiners?   Discussants: Nancy Cole, Educational Testing Service Richard Ferguson, American College Testing Howard Everson, The College Board 12:00 pm LUNCH   Current Practices and Their Impacts   Moderators: Michael Kirst, Stanford University William Taylor, Attorney at Law 1:00 pm Paper: Validity in College Selection: Context and Evidence   Warren Willingham, Educational Testing Service   Paper: True Scores, Consequences, and People: Tests and Their Impact on Selection and Educational Progress of Minorities   Sylvia Johnson, Howard University Discussant: Gary Natriello, Columbia University 2:00 pm Break

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2:15 pm Presentation: Rethinking Selection in the Current Legal Environment   Susan Sturm, University of Pennsylvania Law School   Discussion 3:30 pm Panel Discussion: Admissions officers reflect on political, practical, and legal pressures that affect the selection process   David Cuttino,Tufts University Thomas Parker, Williams College Robert Seltzer, University of Wisconsin 4:30 pm Adjourn DECEMBER 18-National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., 202-334-1578   Current Practices and Their Impacts 8:30 am Paper: Prominent Explanations and Potential Prominent Factors in the Black/White Test Score Gap   Samuel Lucas, University of California, Berkeley   Discussion: Is the predictive validity of test scores sufficient to outweigh evidence of disparate impact?   Discussants: David Breneman, University of Virginia Stacey Berg Dale, The Andrew Mellon Foundation Meredith Phillips, UCLA Debra Stewart, North Carolina State University   Moderator. Christopher Edley, Harvard Law School 10:15 am Break   Alternatives and Supplements to Testing   Moderator. Carlos Gutierrez, California State University, Los Angeles

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10:30 am Presentation: Current practices on University of California campuses   Dennis Galligani, University of California   Panel Discussion: Admissions officers reflect on promising alternatives and supplements to test scores   David Conley, University of Oregon William Hiss, Bates College Robert Seltzer, University of Wisconsin Audrey Smith, Hampshire College Peter Van Buskirk, Franklin and Marshall College 12:30 pm LUNCH 1:30 pm Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the practical and policy issues associated with the selection process   Moderator. Robert Linn   Daniel Koretz, Boston College Ronald Latanision, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Susan Sturm, University of Pennsylvania Thomas Kane, Kennedy School, Harvard University 3:00 pm Synthesis and Reflections on Next Steps   Moderators: M.R.C. Greenwood and Robert Linn 3:30 pm Adjourn