2009 NCSM Annual Conference

Strand 4 Sessions

 
Strand 4 Sessions -- Monday, April 20, 2009
 
Strand 4: Assessment Leadership


7  09:30 AM144AGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Accessibility and Assessment: What is Universal Design and How is It Used in Building Assessments?
What does it mean to make an assessment accessible and how is it done? This session focuses on Universal Design techniques as they apply to building and designing state and classroom mathematics assessments. Learn how assessment companies make assessments accessible, with tips you can use within your own classroom!

Speaker(s):

MaryLou Schmidt, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Monterey, CA
Teresa Hall, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Monterey, CA

10  09:30 AM151APrimary (PK - 2)Regular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Using Formative Assessment Data to Build Student Profiles and Make Links to Instruction
Understand the features of effective formative assessment and different techniques, particularly flexible interviewing. Hear about findings from an Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded longitudinal study of a handheld-based formative assessment, and the diagnostic student profiles emerging from this research. Linking research to practice, learn how educators can use diagnostic profiles to tailor instructional experiences.

Speaker(s):

Herbert Ginsburg, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY
Cynthia Chiong, Wireless Generation, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

29  10:45 AM143ABIntermediate (3 - 5)Regular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Using Data Analysis to Support Conceptual Instruction and Improve Mathematics Scores on High Stakes Assessments
School leaders must balance how much classroom time is given to improving standardized test scores while still maintaining the integrity of conceptual instruction. Participants will learn how an elementary mathematics administrator and an elementary mathematics district coordinator in Westport, Connecticut addressed this challenge.

Speaker(s):

Anne Nesbitt, Westport Board of Education, Westport, CT
Elizabeth Messler, Westport Board of Education, Westport, CT

45  12:15 PM152BGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Lessons from the Field: Evaluating Large-Scale Assessments
The NCTM website has a tool for evaluating large-scale assessments. We will invite several guests who have used the tool for different purposes to join us in small group discussions and share what they have learned. Participants will be encouraged to plan how they could use the tool in their setting.

Speaker(s):

Linda Wilson, American Association for the Advancement of Scienc, Washington, DC
Kay Gilliland, Self Employed, NCSM Past President, Oakland, CA
Michael Brown, Self Employed, San Antonio, TX
Cathy Brown, Teachers Inspiring Problem Solvers, Redmond, OR

55  01:30 PM152APrimary (PK - 2)Regular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Comprehensive Assessment in the Primary Grades: Screening K-2 Students for Focused, Purposeful Instruction and Intervention
This session will provide an example of a Primary Math Screen Assessment that has been successfully administered at the K-2 level to establish instructional focus and purposeful interventions. Learn how the Math Screen impacts teacher understanding, accountability, and professional learning communities. Video samples will be used to highlight the process.

Speaker(s):

Jim Pfeiffer, Deer Valley Unified School District, Glendale, AZ
Christine Kelly, Clover Park School District, Lakewood, WA

65  02:30 PM149ABGeneralDouble (120 min)Assessment Leadership

The One-on-One Assessment Interview: A Powerful Tool for Teacher Professional Development
The one-on-one assessment interview is in wide use in a variety of Australian professional development contexts. This interactive session will explore its benefits through the use of video clips, opportunities for participants to try out some tasks, and stories of its use by professional development leaders in Australia.

Speaker(s):

Doug Clarke, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria
Ann Downton, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria
Anne Roche, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria
Rose Knight, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria

81  02:45 PM147AGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Pearson Sponsor Showcase: Power Up with Scott Foresman - Addison Wesley enVisionMATH
Students live in a world of iPods, instant messages, videos, and computer games. This workshop will demonstrate how the power of technology can provide greater access to mathematics content for more students, while making monitoring of student progress easier for teachers.

Speaker(s):

Tim Rogers, Pearson, Glenview, IL

88  04:00 PM150BGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

From Compliance to Commitment: Implementing a District-Wide Portfolio Initiative
How do you help teachers engage in focused conversations around student work? In this session we will share the journey of a large urban district's move from collecting student work to having collaborative conversations around student work leading to improved student achievement.

Speaker(s):

Astrid Fossum, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
Mary Mooney, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
Beth Schefelker, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI

 
Strand 4 Sessions -- Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 
Strand 4: Assessment Leadership


103  08:45 AM151BGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Using Test Development Strategies to Align Instruction and Assessment
Assessment is only effective as a tool for informing us about the instruction of students if it is closely aligned with instruction. This session will introduce a planning model that will assist teachers and leaders in aligning instruction and assessment based on strategies test developers use to create effective assessments.

Speaker(s):

Eric Moyer, Pearson, Austin, TX

110  08:45 AM144AGeneralExtended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

Formative Assessment Practices that Inform Both Teachers and Students
Facilitating incorporation of formative assessment practices is the focus of the National Science Foundation (NSF) / Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI) study of a mathematics problem solving model. This session explores the challenges and successes teachers experience using a trait-based feedback guide to respond to students engaged in problem solving.

Speaker(s):

Edith Gummer, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, OR
Claire Gates, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, OR
Jessica Strowbridge, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

123  10:15 AM146CGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Formative Assessment: Moving Behind the Hype and the Rhetoric to Substance and Practice
Formative assessment has typically become the latest buzzword and most recent panacea presented with great hype and much blather. This session will engage participants in the substance behind the jargon and take a practical look at the formative assessment practices that research suggests can make a difference in student achievement.

Speaker(s):

Steven Leinwand, NCSM Past President, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

135  10:30 AM152AMiddle (6 - 8)Extended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

The Development of Teacher Expertise in Classroom Assessment as a Context for Deeper Understanding of Mathematics
This interactive session will highlight assessment/content-related activities and teacher-designed materials developed in the Boulder Partnership for Excellence in Mathematics Education. This partnership, involving middle grades mathematics teachers, Colorado University faculty, and Freudenthal Institute researchers, focused on the design of classroom assessment as a context for deepening generative understanding of mathematics.

Speaker(s):

David Webb, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Paige Larson, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
Michael Matassa, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO

139  10:30 AM154BCollegeExtended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

Mining for Gold with Guided Field Investigations
During field experiences pre-service teachers often fill their daily journals with the minutiae of classroom activities, forgetting that it is the teacher they are observing, not just the students. Using guided investigations will help to focus pre-service teachers on key skills and the nuances that make teaching an art form.

Speaker(s):

Debbie Gochenaur, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
Mike Long, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

140  12:15 PMHall BGeneral, (ticket required)Double (120 min)

Tuesday Luncheon, Sponsored by Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments helps educators teach and students succeed in mathematics and science by providing research-based technology for instruction and assessment, curricular materials and professional development—essential components proven to deliver greater student achievement.

150  02:30 PM150BSecondary (9 - 12)Regular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Achieve Equity in Your Classroom by Developing Effective Descriptive Feedback with Assessments Based on Standards
Experience the process Milwaukee Public Schools' teachers use to collaboratively analyze student work samples using a protocol that identifies key mathematics features, anticipates misconceptions, gives descriptive feedback, and determines next steps. We will discuss assessment research, correlations with student achievement, and connections with the PRIME Leadership Framework Assessment Principle.

Speaker(s):

Laura Maly, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
Henry Kranendonk, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI

161  02:30 PM144ASecondary (9 - 12)Extended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

Achieve's ADP Algebra I and Algebra II Exams: A Multi-State Effort
A consortium of states is partnering with Achieve and Pearson to create common mathematics exams. The Algebra II Exam was first administered in 2008, while the Algebra I Exam will be first administered in 2009. We will share the exams' format, released items, and tasks created by the Dana Center.

Speaker(s):

Tracy Halka, Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC
Susan Hudson Hull, University of Texas Dana Center, Austin, TX

 
Strand 4 Sessions -- Wednesday, April 22, 2009
 
Strand 4: Assessment Leadership


179  08:00 AM147AGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Aligning Mathematics Assessment and Standards: How the Alignment Process Can Help Inform Instructional Practice
This session discusses how understanding the process of aligning mathematics assessment with states' academic content and performance standards can contribute to effective change in teaching practices. Participants will learn about and engage in an abbreviated alignment process and discuss how this process may improve mathematics instruction.

Speaker(s):

Pamela Paek, Center for Assessment, Senior Associate, Austin, TX

188  08:00 AM144BGeneralExtended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

How Can All Districts Use High Stakes Assessment Data to Address Instructional Gaps?
Learn about and participate in a process of item analysis and error coding using assessment items and students' responses to reflect on instructional practices and mathematics content. This procedure lays the foundation for focused collegial conversation and provides an opportunity to share strategies that ultimately improve teaching and learning.

Speaker(s):

Arlene Rosowski, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo, NY
James Williams, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo, NY
Lisa Sanders, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo, NY

200  09:15 AM144BCGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Knowing and Modeling PRIME Assessment Leadership!
This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to develop understanding of the Assessment Principle leadership actions as described in PRIME. Participants will use self assessment tools to connect the Assessment actions into the context of their workplace. The latest PRIME Assessment Toolkit materials will also be provided.

Speaker(s):

John Carter, Adlai E Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Gwen Zimmermann, NCSM Journal Editor; Adlai Stevenson High School, Bolingbrook, IL

205  09:15 AM143CMiddle (6 - 8)Regular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Supporting Teachers as They Create Diagnostic Assessments and Use Assessment Data for Planning Instruction
Participants will create assessment item(s) using the information presented and will review teacher portfolios noting pre/post test data, activities used with students and the rationale for the activities, discussion of pre/post test data, and self-reflection on the use of diagnostic tests.

Speaker(s):

Sue Brown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

219  10:30 AM145AGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

Using Common Assessments as Formative Assessments to Raise Student Achievement Through Grade Level Professional Learning Communities.
The presenters will share their efforts to establish grade-level professional learning communities through the use of common assessments used as formative assessments to increase students' achievement in mathematics. Teachers establish trust and grow professionally when they are offered the opportunity to engage in professional learning communities.

Speaker(s):

Karma Nelson, Educational Consultant, Belgrade, MT
Annette Moody, Hardin School District, Hardin, MT
Albert Peterson, Hardin School District, Hardin, MT
Roxanne NotAfraid, Hardin School District, Hardin, MT

221  10:30 AM150BGeneralRegular (60 min)Assessment Leadership

A Proven Process for Using Assessments to Specifically Change Instruction and Immediately Improve Achievement
Learn and practice specific techniques to evaluate assessment results and then make decisions that are realistic to implement and have a high probability of improving student achievement. Participants will use one school's curriculum documents, common interim assessments, and test results to practice.

Speaker(s):

Pam Berry, The Learning Institute, Hot Springs, AR
Kim Jones, The Learning Institute, Hot Springs, AR

231  02:30 PM144AExtended (90 min)Assessment Leadership

How Can the Math Olympiad Contests Strengthen Your Program?
How? By offering a four-pronged approach: rich problems that develop mathematical thinking and improve high-stakes test scores, a series of five contests that build student (and teacher!) interest and knowledge, an inclusive structure that welcomes many students, and responsive support. The carryover from coaching to classroom teaching is undeniable. Come and engage in a discussion about how mathematics contests can enrich your mathematics program.

Speaker(s):

Richard Kalman, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools, Bellmore, NY