CAERe - Educational assessment efforts in the US: Race to the Top and accountability testing
Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research in Education (CAERe)
Abstract: The presentation addresses reform-driven assessments focusing on the U.S. Issues discussed, however, pertain to accountability tests generally. Race to the Top (RTTT) is the most recent educational reform initiative in the U.S. RTTT seeks systemic reform to help ensure that students graduate ready for college and career. RTTT consortia testing systems are intended to drive teacher effectiveness and school performance. The presentation argues that RTTT-like policies call for an expanded role for assessment, which demands a reexamination of the scope of existing validity frameworks. The presentation offers a socially-grounded conceptualization of validity.
Bio: Dr. Chalhoub-Deville (PhD, The Ohio State University) is a scholar in the area of second/foreign language testing and assessment, including proficiency, performance-based, computer-based/adaptive, and achievement testing; large-scale/standardized testing; validation research; and language policy and planning in educational testing.
She is currently a full Professor in Educational Research Methodology and the Co-Director, Coalition of Diverse Language Communities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm