High Quality Assessment for Instruction and Accountability
An FEA Webinar
High-quality assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning and provides valuable information about school quality and progress. This webinar will present two methods for gathering detailed information – the Learning Record, and performance assessments developed by the New York Performance Standards Consortium. These provide rich feedback to students and teachers, summarize student progress, and in aggregate provide valid and reliable information for public reporting and accountability. We will also discuss how these proven approaches to assessment can inform state and federal policy. The more comprehensive information they provide is more useful than relying heavily on standardized tests. The webinar will begin with three short presentations, followed by questions and discussion.
Who: Ann Cook, Executive Director, New York Performance Standards Consortium
Sally Thomas, former director, Center for Language in Learning/Learning Record
Monty Neill, Executive Director, Fairtest; Chair, Forum on Educational Accountability
Moderator: Tom Zembar, Senior Policy Analyst, NEA
When: September 27, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 Eastern time
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March 14, 2012
School Turnarounds, School Improvement, and School Quality Reviews for the New ESEA: Focusing on What Works
Please Join Us for a Free Public Discussion
When: March 14, 2012, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Gold Room, #2168 Rayburn House Office Building
What: Helping improve Title I-funded schools, including turning around the lowest-achieving, is critical to accomplishing ESEA’s purposes. This briefing will address how the ESEA reauthorization can best advance these goals by emphasizing what works, including the valuable roles school quality reviews could perform.
Questions we will address include:
- What are the common elements of successful school turnarounds for low-achieving schools and is a regular process available for conducting them?
- How could the common elements of success be incorporated in ESEA for the approximately 95% of Title I-funded schools that may not be required to implement “turnaround models”?
- To what extent do pending Senate and House bills do what’s needed to adopt what works?
- What does it take to lead and sustain a turnaround in “real life”?
- What are school quality reviews, how can they be a valuable part of school improvement strategy, and how could they be used most effectively in the U.S.?
Peter McWalters, Consultant; Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (1992-2009); former Council of Chief State School Officers leadership team member.
Kevin Lowndes, Principal, Wheaton High School, Silver Spring, Md.; Winner, “Breakthrough Schools” Award, 2008, National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Heather Carias, Academy Coordinator and NEA member, Wheaton High School, Silver Spring, Md.
Gary M. Ratner, Chair, Forum on Educational Accountability Committee on School Improvement/Capacity-building; Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools.
Moderator: Reggie Felton, Assistant Executive Director for Congressional Relations, National School Boards Association.
FEA bases its work on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB, now signed by 156 national education, civil rights, religious, disability, parent and civic groups. FEA has published reports and provided recommendations for overhauling ESEA regarding assessment, accountability, school improvement and opportunity to learn.
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November 29, 2011:
IS AYP Dead? A Webinar.
The National Education Association and the Forum on Educational Accountability produced a webinar on November 29, 2011 for NEA members about waivers and the Senate HELP Committee reauthorization of ESEA. The webinar presented descriptive, factual information to the participants; it contains little analysis or comment. This version has a few additional or modified slides created by FairTest after the webinar was broadcast.
Overhauling ESEA to Improve Public Schools: FEA’s Reauthorization Proposals
Recording of May 9 Webinar of FEA recommendations for ESEA reauthorization, with Monty Neill on assessment, Gary Ratner on accountability, Reggie Felton on school improvement, and Molly Hunter on opportunity to learn.
Enhancing School and Family
Capacity to Support Student Success
Elaine Allensworth, Ph.D.,
Interim Co-Executive Director,
Consortium on Chicago School Research, University of Chicago
Dennis L. Shirley, Ed.D.,
Professor, Dept. of Teacher Education,
Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction, Lynch School of
Education, Boston College
Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D.,
Director, Center on School, Family, and
Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools,
and Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Gary M. Ratner, Esq.,
Executive Director, Citizens for Effective
Schools and Chair, Forum on Educational Accountability Committee on
Reginald M. Felton,
Director for Federal Relations, National School Boards Assn.
June 29, 2010, from
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
discussion will focus on specific policies for inclusion in the ESEA
reauthorization that increase the capacity of school staff and students’
families to improve student learning, and on how to implement those
policies in practice. Speakers will describe common strategies that have
been used successfully in Chicago and elsewhere to help low-performing
schools turn around, as well as other innovative and effective systemic
changes from the United States and other nations.
Here are the presentations from the FEA forum on improving schools, by
Joyce Epstein, Dennis
Dennis Shirley, co-author with Andy
Hargreaves of The Fourth Way, also presented.
Transforming ESEA to Meet the Needs of All Learners
U.S. Representative Judy Chu, Ph.D., Member, House of Representatives,
Committee on Education and Labor
Professor, Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development,
Jim Lyons, Esq., Legislative Counsel, Alliance for Multilingual,
Myrna Mandlawitz, President,
Lindsay E. Jones, Senior
Director for Policy and Advocacy, Council for Exceptional Children
15, 2010, from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
Accountability That Advances Learning
A Public Discussion With:
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate,
Economic Policy Institute; Author of Grading Education: Getting
Doug Christensen, Emeritus Commissioner
of Education, Nebraska; Professor of Leadership in Education, Doane
Beth Foley, Senior Policy Analyst,
Education Policy and Practice Department, National Education Association
When: March 17, 2010, from 1:00
PM until 3 PM
Where: Economic Policy
Institute, 1333 H Street, NW, Suite 300, East Tower, Washington, DC
What: Our panelists will
present ideas on how to overhaul accountability in the reauthorization
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Administration, the
Congress, and educators, citizens and policymakers across the nation
recognize that accountability structures need major changes. Richard
Rothstein has proposed the use of 'Inspection' systems as employed in
England, New Zealand, Holland and some localities in the U.S., and he
supports revamping the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Doug
Christensen worked to ensure that both assessment and accountability
supported school improvement and high-quality learning in Nebraska
through the development of a state system of local assessments led by
teachers. Beth Foley will present FEA's ideas for accountability as
developed in the Joint Statement on NCLB, Empowering Schools
and Improving Learning, and several FEA reports, all available at
CHILD” OVERHAUL MUST INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY THAT ADVANCES
Deserve the Opportunity to Learn: A Public Discussion With Dr. John
Jackson, President, Schott Foundation for Public Education; Dr. Patrica
Gándara, Professor, UCLA Graduate Sch. of Ed., & Co-Director, The Civil
Rights Proj. at UCLA; Molly Hunter,
Esq., Director of Education Justice, Education Law Center; Arnold F. Fege,
Director of Public Engagement and Advocacy, Public Education Network,
Little, Chief Education Counsel, Senate HELP Committee, Respondent;
Thank you to Honored Co-Host Sen. Sherrod Brown
Materials from the 2/22 Event: