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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Office of Assessment

Assessment, Research, and Evaluation Colloquia: 2013-2014 School Year

An Analysis of the Policy, Research, and Legal Issues Surrounding the Exclusion of Charter Schools from the Teacher Evaluation Revolution

Presenter: Preston Green, John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education Professor of Education and Law at UConn
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 11:30-1:30 (includes free lunch)
Location: 144 Gentry; UConn's Neag School of Education; 249 Glenbrook Road; Storrs, CT 06269

This presentation examines the policy, research, and legal issues surrounding the possible exclusion of charter schools from the teacher evaluation revolution. The first part discusses why states are now changing their teacher evaluation systems. The second part examines federal and state policies regarding the application of the new teacher evaluation policies to charter schools. The third part discusses the research surrounding teacher evaluation practices in charter schools. The final part analyzes the legal implications of excluding charter schools from these new teacher evaluation systems.

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Ready, Set, Go: Smarter Balance Assessment System in Connecticut

Presenter:   Dr. Joe Willhoft, Executive Director
Date:  March 31, 2014 
Time: 4:00-5:30p.m. 
Location:  Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Description:    Educators - say good-bye to the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, which have been around for the past three decades. Say “hello” to a new era of student assessment with the implementation of the Smarter Balance System.

Joe Willhoft, Executive Director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, will provide an overview of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments. Smarter Balanced is one of two federally-funded assessment development projects charged with designing state-level accountability assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Smarter Balanced has 22 member states, including Connecticut, that have been engaged in these assessment design activities since October 2010; the products of the Smarter Balanced efforts are due to be ready for states to implement in the 2014-15 school year.

The Smarter Balanced design includes comprehensive summative assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The proficiency standard for these assessments in grade 11 indicates whether students are prepared for credit-bearing, non-remedial coursework in college or university. In addition to summative assessments, Smarter Balanced is designing interim assessments that can be used during the school year and a digital library of tools and professional development materials for classroom-based formative assessment.

Dr. Willhoft will present for the first 40 minutes of the session. Then, a panel representing various stakeholder groups will pose questions from their respective stakeholder groups and then questions from the audience that will be written on index cards and brought to the panel. The panel will wrap up with a synthesis of their learning, and the session will end with a summarization of key points by Dr. Willhoft.

This session is designed for higher education faculty and students in educator preparation programs, as well as district teachers, related services personnel, and all administrators. Those who work with ELL and students with special needs are especially encouraged to attend. We all need to be ready for Smarter Balance.

For the flyer for this event (including links to register), click here.

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