21st Century Assessments: Implications for California
A policy forum co-sponsored by SCOPE and PACE
The United States’ shrinking graduation rates and slipping ranking on international assessments have prompted the Obama administration to encourage states to develop different student assessments — ones that reliably measure the higher-order thinking that will keep our students competitive in the 21st Century global economy.
A panel of leading education researchers, administrators, educators, funders, and community partners convened for a daylong forum to discuss assessment policies and practices that support improved student achievement in California.
This forum took place in Sacramento, and was sponsored by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Featured speakers included SCOPE Co-Director Linda Darling-Hammond and PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.
Welcome and Introduction
David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
Keynote “Overview of Assessments and Standards”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University and Co-Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
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Panel 1: “Experiences Beyond California: International and State Perspectives”
- Practices in Canada and Internationally: Carol Campbell, Executive Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. View slides.
- Practices in Singapore: Lay Choo Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Examination and Assessment Board. View slides.
- Practices in England: Jeffrey Goodwin, Independent Consultant, Assessment, Curriculum, Research. View slides.
- The Costs of Assessments: Lawrence Picus, Professor, USC Rossier School of Education. View slides.
Panel 2: “Assessments in California”
- David Plank, Professor, Stanford University, and Executive Director, PACE (Chair)
- Bob Lenz, Chief Education Officer and Co-founder, Envision Schools. View slides.
- Monica Martinez, President, New Tech Network. View slides.
- Edys Quellmalz, Director of Technology Enhanced Assessments & Learning Systems, WestEd. View slides.
- Susan Schultz, Associate Director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Stanford University. View slides.
Panel 3: “Policy Strategies: Bringing Effective Assessment to the Classroom”
- David Plank, Professor, Stanford University, and Executive Director, PACE (Chair).
- Geno Flores, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education (effective July 1, 2010).
- Gary Hoachlander, President, The California Center for College and Career (ConnectEd).
- Maggie Mejia, Former Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District.
- Gerry Shelton, Chief Consultant California State Assembly, Education Committee.
Linda Darling-Hammond and David Plank