Hi All!  

Everyone I speak with tells me how busy the start to the 2013-2014 school year has been!  I certainly agree.  I have lots of science information to share in the weeks ahead but let me start with some news about the Symposium on Science Assessment that will take place next week.  It is particularly exciting that parts of the symposium will be broadcast. Read more below. 


Mark Your Calendar: Live Webcast from Symposium on Science Assessment

Dear Colleague:

On September 24–25, more than 250 science and assessment experts will gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss the measurement challenges and opportunities posed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and comparable, complex assessment expectations in science and engineering. We invite you to join us in real time to watch and listen to our closing session on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, and to send in your questions for the panel.

NOTE: The link for the webcast page will be available at http://www.k12center.org/23669_symposium_webcast.html. The webcast will take place from 1:15–3 p.m. ET on September 25, 2013.

  • Session 7: Panel Discussion on the Policy and Practice Implications of the NGSS (1:15–2:30 p.m. ET)
    • Mitchell Chester, Moderator, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors
    • David Evans, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association
    • Shirley Malcom, Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Helen Quinn, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Professor of Physics (Emeritus), Stanford University
    • Richard Shavelson, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education (Emeritus) and I. James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education (Emeritus), Stanford University
  • Session 8: Next Steps in Working with States and Districts on Next Generation Science Standards and Assessment (2:30–2:45 p.m. ET)
    • Chris Minnich, Executive Director, CCSSO
    • Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President, Achieve, who is heading the NGSS work at Achieve and the Science SCASS group at CCSSO

To send in questions for the panelists, be sure to set up a Twitter account in advance, “follow” @K12Center, and then tweet questions to us as the webcast is aired.

A recording of the webcast as well as all papers and slides will be available in early October on our event webpage.