Announcement from the Program Chairs, 12/13/2019
The preliminary program for the 2020 NCME conference has an amazing assortment of sessions representing the exceptional work of NCME members and the issues facing the field of educational measurement. Some of the highlights of the 2020 conference include:
- A panel session with esteemed Teachers College and Yale Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon who will discuss how we can use educational tests to educate.
- A blue-ribbon panel including AERA past-president Amy Stuart Wells, Stafford Hood, Carl Cohn, and others, discussing the underlying values that impact how we develop and validate assessments.
- A session involving 19 Past-Presidents of NCME who will answer challenging measurement questions in a game-type format
- A session organized by the State and Local Assessment Leaders Special Interest Group that will focus on testing time in the schools and how to reduce it
- Multiple sessions focused on the future of psychometrics and how the science of psychometrics needs to be revisited to address the evolving nature of education.
- A panel discussing the intersection of business, social responsibility, and measurement.
- A panel discussion focused on the role of psychometrics in the evolving Educational Technology environment.
To help you make your plans for the conference, here is some important information:
- The conference is scheduled for April 16th to April 20th in San Francisco California. The NCME headquarters hotel will be the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
- The conference will include more 30 workshops spanning topics such as Cognitive Diagnostic Modeling, Machine Learning, and Automated Test Assembly. The workshops will be held on Thursday April 16th and Friday April 17th.
- There will be more than 100 coordinated sessions, papers, eBoards, and the inaugural much-anticipated Research Blitz sessions. These sessions include topics such as communicating measurement principles to the public, implementing response time into your scoring models, the impact of gamification on educational assessment, quality assessments in educational practice, among other topics. These sessions will begin the morning of April 18th and will conclude the evening of April 20th.
- The NCME Breakfast and Business Meeting and Awards Presentations will occur Sunday morning, April 19, including the Presidential Address: Yell Fire: Psychometricians in the Hands of an Angry Mob.
- Learn more about registration here (note that AERA manages the online registration process).
Stay tuned to the NCME website for further updates on the conference. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in San Francisco!
CONFERENCE THEME: MAKING MEASUREMENT MATTER
In virtually all aspects of education, assessments play a critical role. Educational tests affect the future of students, the activities of teachers, and the evaluation of schools. Similarly, educational tests are used across the workplace in credentialing, employment settings, and placement. The theme for the 2020 NCME conference is Making Measurement Matter, which reflects the critical role of educational measurement in modern society.
Making Measurement Matter is described through four separate strands and we encourage proposals that address these strands. The four strands are (a) Using tests to provide actionable information to improve instruction and student learning, (b) reaching out to educational and professional communities to help them improve assessment practices, (c) the development and implementation of assessments that are fair and appropriate for all students, and (d) leveraging technology to improve the efficiency, privacy, and validity of educational assessments.
To support the theme of Making Measurement Matter, the 2020 conference is encouraging proposals that focus on:
- comprehensive assessment programs that include not just the assessment, but also a theory of action to improve teaching and learning
- bringing outside voices into the educational measurement community and engage in meaningful discussions about the current state and future of educational assessment
- fairness issues that evaluate the appropriateness of assessment programs for all individuals involved, including historically marginalized test takers as well as downstream users of the test results
- how assessment programs can be delivered that take full advantage of technology to fully support the goals and objectives of the education programs.
Lastly, one of the over-arching goals for the 2020 is to encourage greater communication amongst our participants. These interactions are valuable aspects of the entire conference experience, and frequently the greatest learning can be obtained in the informal conversations amongst old acquaintances or new colleagues. To support this objective, the 2020 conference will contain a greater number of eBoards than in years past and will also be introducing Research Blitz sessions. Research Blitz sessions will contain multiple papers centered around a theme, with researchers provided a 5-minute opportunity to quickly describe their research. Once participants have completed these summaries, the room will be designed to allow for further discussion amongst participants.
The 2020 conference also encourages presentations delivered through new or innovative formats. If individuals wish to propose innovative formats, please describe how the format could be used and how it will aid in the dissemination of the research to be presented.