THE GORDON COMMISSION HAS RELEASED ITS PUBLIC POLICY AND TECHNICAL REPORTS

When: Monday, March 11, 2013
1–3 p.m. Reports Release (Hosted by Educational Testing Service)

Speakers: Kurt Landgraf, Educational Testing Service (ETS); James Pellegrino, University of Illinois at Chicago; Edmund W. Gordon, Chairperson of the Gordon Commission; Eva Baker, University of California, Los Angeles; Robert Mislevy, ETS; Elena Silva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Governor Robert Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education.

Moderator: Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council (invited)

3–3:15 p.m. Break
3:15–5 p.m. Panel Discussion (Hosted by George Washington University and the National Academy of Education)

Speakers: Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences; Robert Linn, University of Colorado at Boulder; and Paul Holland, former ETS Lord Chair for Measurement and Statistics.

Moderator: Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University

Where: George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
Washington, DC 20052

 

Assessments have become a major driver for education policy and practice in the United States. The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education released two reports that critique and support this trend, while also discussing the possibilities for expanding the purpose of educational assessments to inform, improve and model teaching and learning processes and outcomes.

Reporting on work conducted over the past two years, the Commission called attention to the rich but problematic history of educational assessments and advocated that future efforts be directed at assessment for education. The event opened with remarks from Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS). James Pellegrino, Co-chair of the Commission, presented the public policy report and Edmund W. Gordon, Chairperson of the Commission, presented the technical report. The presentations were followed by a discussion between Commission members Eva Baker, UCLA; Robert Mislevy, ETS; and Elena Silva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Commission member Governor Robert Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education, presented the closing remarks.

The report release session was followed by a symposium organized and hosted by George Washington University and the National Academy of Education (NAEd) at which several members of the Academy presented their comments and critiques about the Gordon Commission reports. The session included NAEd's President-Elect Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences; and Robert Linn, University of Colorado at Boulder, as discussants; and Susan Fuhrman, President of the NAEd and Teachers College, Columbia University, as moderator.