In preparation for the SCEE monthly webinar August 14, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT followed by a 30 minute live chat from 3:00 - 3:30, Jim Popham will share an advanced copy of a chapter, "Evidence From Classroom Assessment" from his forthcoming book The Misguided Evaluation of America's Teachers: What YOU Can Do to Help Fix It. Participants will have the opportunity to read a work-in-progress and are encouraged to bring your questions and comments in order to extend your learning and provide feedback for the chapter. You can find the pre-reading HERE.
Geared toward state leaders who shape policy and practice surrounding student assessment systems, Jim will discuss the complexities of using classroom assessments and pre-and post-tests to establish student learning and growth when applied to non-tested grades and subjects. His presentation will address the complications of using classroom assessments, particularly as a "significant factor" in any teacher evaluation program. He will explain the cross-purposes of classroom assessments and the roles they serve as formative assessments (highlighting students' weaknesses) and as evaluative summative assessments (highlighting "high quality performances containing few mistakes"). Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the psychometric issues that come with establishing validity and reliability of any measures.
Through the focus on real state work, Jim and the others will help break down complicated ideas regarding assessment and offer participants food for thought about state policy goals which impact policy makers' decisions about measuring achievement and growth and subsequently using those measures in an evaluation system.
Recognizing that this is a highly important topic for SCEE members and a multi-faceted issue, this webinar is offered as the first in a series. The next webinar , August 16, noon - 1 pm EDT, SCEE will offer a follow-up webinar featuring Scott Marion from The Center for Assessment who will explore the complexities and policy decisions around Student Learning Objectives.
Feel free to pose any questions you may have in the SCEE Overall discussion thread or as a comment to this blog.