Maryland Assessment Research Center (MARC)

2013 MARC Conference

The Thirteenth Annual Maryland Assessment Conference:

The Next Generation of Testing: Common Core Standards, Smarter-Balanced, PARCC, and the Nationwide Testing Movement

  • Jointly supported by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Assessment Research Center. 
  • Each topic will be given a two-hour block of time, except the last one on validity which will have 3 hours allocated, including a 50-minute presentation by each speaker followed by 10 minutes of Q and A.

Presentation Schedule

Thursday, November 7

7:00-8:15 Registration and Breakfast
8:15-8:30 Robert W. Lissitz Welcome and Comments
I. Introduction, overview, intention of this effort, history, and where we are now
8:30-9:30 Lauress Wise
How We Got To Where We Are: Evolving Policy Demands for the Next Generation Assessments
9:30-10:30 Marty McCall
(Smarter Balanced)
The Next Generation of Testing:Common Core Standards, Smarter-Balanced, PARCC, and the Nationwide Testing Movement
10:30-10:45 Break
II. Test Design, effects of the common core standards, item creation, and state transition to new tests
10:45-11:45 Bonnie Hain (Baltimore County) & Carrie Piper (NWEA) PARCC as a Case Study in Understanding the Design of Large-Scale Assessment in the Era of CCSS
11:45-12:45 Steve Ferrara, Paul Nichols, & Emily Lai
Design and Development for Next Generation Tests: Principled Design for Efficacy (PDE)
12:45-1:30 Lunch
III. Scoring, reporting, informing instruction, making a difference to students and teachers, VAM
1:30-2:30 Mark Shermis
(University of Akron)
The Role of Machine Scoring in the Summative and Formative Assessment
2:30-3:30 Edward W. Wolfe & Tian Song
Application of Several Latent Trait Models to the Detection of Rater Effects
3:30-3:45 Break
IV. Standard Setting in CAT environment, involving performance items, issues across states with differing standards, equating issues
3:45-4:45 Luz Bay
(College Board)
State of the Art Standard Setting for State of the Art Assessments
4:45-5:45 Gary Skaggs
(Virginia Tech)
Standard Setting on Planet NextGen

Friday, November 8

7:30-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
V. Connecting to the world of work and to higher education
8:30-9:30 Wayne Camara
College and Career Readiness:Criterion-Related Outcomes
9:30-10:30 David Conley
(University of Oregon)
Multiple Data Sources and Profiles for Connecting to the World of Work and to Higher Education
10:30-10:45 Break
VI. Validity and how we know whether this succeeded
10:45-11:45 Steve Sireci
(University of Massachusetts)
A Theory of Action for Test Validation
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Joe Willhoft
(Smarter-Balanced Consortium)
Outline of Smarter Balanced Validity Agenda
1:30-2:30 Enis Dogan,
(Achieve) Jeff Hauger
(NJ Department of Education), & Casey Maliszewski

Empirical and Procedural Validity Evidence in Development and Implementation of PARCC Assessments

2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks