Getting Ready for 2014: Designing Learning-Focused Assessment and Accountability Systems

December 6-7, 2012

The University Club • 123 University Place • Pittsburgh, PA 15260 • 412-648-8213

District leaders are challenged with the tasks of re-designing their assessment and accountability systems in preparation for administration of the new PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments that will go into effect in 2014. Joe Willhoft, in his presentation at the May 2012 National Conference, indicated that the failure rates could be as high as 80% on the new assessments due to the changes required by the new CCSS and the performance tasks and items that will be used by both consortiums to gather evidence of learning.

The Senior Leaders Meeting in December 2012 provides an opportunity to assist district leadership in understanding how dramatically different the new assessment system will be from what currently exists, and in thinking about developing their district designs in ways that support the improvements in teaching and learning that are required to be successful.

Lauren Resnick

Lauren Resnick

Co-Director, Institute for Learning
University of Pittsburgh

Lauren Resnick is an internationally known scholar in the cognitive science of learning and instruction and was Director of the prestigious Learning Research and Development Center from 1977-2008. She has researched and written widely on the learning and teaching of literacy, mathematics, and science. Her recent work focuses on school reform, assessment, effort-based education, the nature and development of thinking abilities, and the role of talk and discourse in learning.

Dr. Resnick is founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Learning, which bridges the domains of research and practice by conveying to educators the best of current knowledge about learning processes, principles of instruction, and the design of school systems. Dr. Resnick also co-founded the New Standards Project (1990-1999), which developed performance-based standards and assessments that widely influenced state and school district practice.

Dr. Resnick is a prolific author, a respected editor, and a frequent consultant, with appointments to many national education boards, commissions, and associations. Most recently, she was selected as the Wallace Foundation's Distinguished Lecturer at the April 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. In mid-November, 2008, she chaired a symposium on education policy recommendations for the new presidential administration, developed by members of the National Academy of Education. Those recommendations are being compiled into a report for wide distribution among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. She is the current and founding editor of Research Points, a publication of the AERA. Her National Academy of Sciences monograph, Education and Learning to Think, has been influential in school reform efforts, and her widely circulated Presidential Address to the American Educational Research Association, "Learning In School and Out," has shaped thinking about youth apprenticeship and school-to-work transition.

Recognized both nationally and internationally, Dr. Resnick has received multiple awards for her research, including the 2007 Award for Distinguished Contributions in Applications of Psychology to Education and Training, the 1998 E. L. Thorndike Award, both from the American Psychological Association, and the 1999 Oeuvre Award from the European Association on Research for Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

Educated at Radcliffe and Harvard, Dr. Resnick has been an Overseer of Harvard University and a member of the Smithsonian Council.

Anthony Petrosky

Anthony Petrosky

Co-Director, Institute for Learning
Associate Dean, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh

Tony Petrosky is the Co-Director of the Institute for Learning and Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the School of Education and the English Department. He co-chairs the English language arts Disciplinary Literacy project in the Institute. As a part of this project, he has worked with professional learning and curriculum development in English and literacy for school and district leaders in the public schools of Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, New York City, Fort Worth, Prince George's County, and Pittsburgh. He is the Principal Investigator of the design team to develop assessment prototypes in English language arts and literacy for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). He was the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Early Adolescence English Language Arts Assessment Development Lab for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that developed the first national board certification for English teachers. He has also served as Co-Director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. He was a senior researcher for the MacArthur Foundation's Higher Literacies Studies, where he was responsible for conducting and writing case studies on literacy efforts in the Denver, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Ruleville and Mound Bayou school districts in the Mississippi Delta. He is past Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Committee on Research and a past elected member of the NCTE Research Foundation.

His first collection of poetry, Jurgis Petraskas, published by Louisiana State University Press (LSU), received the Walt Whitman Award from Philip Levine for the Academy of American Poets and a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association. Petrosky's second collection of poetry, Red and Yellow Boat, was published by LSU in 1994, and Crazy Love, his third collection, was published by LSU in the fall of 2003. Along with David Bartholomae, Petrosky is the co-author and co-editor of five books: Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, The Teaching of Writing, Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers, Ways of Reading Words and Images, and History and Ethnography: Reading and Writing About Others.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

TimeContent
6:00-6:30 PMWelcome Reception
6:30-8:30 PMDinner

Preparing Districts for CCSS Assessments: The Need for Focus and Coherence

Anthony Petrosky
Anthony Petrosky
Co-Director, Institute for Learning
Associate Dean, School of Education,
University of Pittsburgh

Friday, December 7, 2012

TimeContent
8:00-9:00 AMBreakfast
What the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Prototype Assessments Tell Us about Teaching and Learning?
9:00-10:30 AMELA Concurrent Session (PARCC)

Presented by: IFL ELA Team

ELA Concurrent Session (Smarter Balanced)

Presented by: IFL ELA Team
10:30-10:45 AMBreak
10:45-12:15 PMMath Concurrent Session (PARCC)

Presented by: IFL Math Team

Math Concurrent Session (Smarter Balanced)

Presented by: IFL Math Team
12:15-1:45 PMLunch

Lauren Resnick
Lauren Resnick
Co-Director, Institute for Learning,
University of Pittsburgh
1:45-3:15 PMWhat Are the Next Steps?

Presented by: IFL Leadership Team
3:15-3:30 PMReflection and Summary