Assessment Online Summit

Testing for Real-World Performance

Evaluating Students Through Group Work, Projects, and Portfolios
This event occurred on February 19, 2019 3:00 PM EST and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Is there a better way than standardized tests to find out what students are learning? A small number of states, districts, and educators have long sought to find an answer to that question. Problem- and project-based learning, cooperative learning, portfolios, senior projects, and competence-based learning—to name a few—are all versions of this ongoing movement to evaluate students on what they can do with what they know rather than their test-taking skills.

But evaluating student learning this way can be highly subjective:

  • How can teachers and administrators assess students’ performance in fair, constructive ways?
  • What are the biggest challenges to implementing performance-based learning and how are schools getting around them?
  • How do you know students are acquiring the deeper learning that projects were intended to cultivate?

Education Week offers a big-picture look at the current state of performance assessment and pinpoints some best practices. In this virtual event, Education Week journalists and guests will staff online “discussion” rooms on a host of topics, including group work, the move to competency-based learning, and new efforts to abolish letter grades.

Join them on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET, for a deep dive into student assessments in your schools. This Online Summit provides you a unique opportunity to directly interact with reporters and assessment experts and practitioners and to watch a livestreamed series of interviews with the reporters after they’ve “broken it down” with you.

Event Video

Student Assessments: In Conversation With Education Week


1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Student Assessment Summit 2019 Discussions Open
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

An On-the-Ground Perspective on Performance Assessment

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Performance Assessment and College Admissions

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Letter Grades: Help or a Hindrance?

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Making Group Projects Fair for Everyone

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Making Assessment Painless

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Measure Achievement Without Overtesting: How to Get Powerful Feedback that Helps Schools Grow

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Defining, Measuring, and Fueling Student Mastery

2:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Final Reporter Wrap-up

Young Whan Choi
Manager of Performance Assessments Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Calif.
David Frangiosa
Physics Teacher Pascack Hills High School, Montvale, N.J
Art Graesser
Professor Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems University of Memphis
Scott Marion
President and Executive Director Center for Assessment
Scot Osterweil
Creative Director Education Arcade and the Game Lab, MIT Comparative Media Studies Program
Peter Ross
Principal Education First
Rachel Scott
Magnet Director Texarkana Arkansas School District, Ark.
Allison Timberlake
Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability Georgia Department of Education
Julie E. Torres
Language Arts Teacher and Librarian Denver Public Schools
Catherine Gewertz was a writer for Education Week who covered national news and features.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant managing editor for Education Week, leading coverage of teaching, learning, and curriculum.
Sarah D. Sparks covers education research, data, and the science of learning for Education Week.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.

Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.