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A Seat at the Table With Education Week: Testing & Accountability

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The pandemic has disrupted lives and schooling for nearly a year, and some in the education spaceand beyondworry about lost learning. One way to know what has been lost is through testing, but is it reasonable to hold students—or their teachers—accountable for one of the most challenging years in recent memory? This year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” has been postponed because of the pandemic. What impact will this decision have on education in this country?

Join Peter DeWitt as he sits down with researchers Lorrie Shepard, past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, and Angela Valenzuela, an educational leadership and policy professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the director of the Texas Center for Education Policy.

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Lorrie A. Shepard
Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita University of Colorado Boulder
Lorrie A. Shepard is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Research and Evaluation Methodology program.  Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings.  Her technical work has contributed to validity theory, standard setting, and statistical models for detecting test bias.  Her research studies on test use have addressed the identification of learning disabilities, readiness screening for kindergarten, grade retention, teacher testing, effects of high-stakes accountability testing, and, most recently, the use of classroom assessment to support teaching and learning.

Dr. Shepard is past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.  She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1992 and served as president from 2005-2009.
Angela Valenzuela
Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy University of Texas at Austin
Angela Valenzuela is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Valenzuela is director of the Texas Center for Education Policy. Previously, she taught in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University. Valenzuela is the award-winning author of the book, Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring (1999). She serves on the LULAC National Task Force on Higher Education and is the executive director of the National Latina/o Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAPP), a consortium of 10 institutions that enhances teaching for high school students in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach.
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