Deeper Learning Research Series Launches in Washington DC

Toward Deeper Learning in the Nation’s High Schools

The Future of Assessment

Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center team hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington DC today to discuss the following questions surrounding the future of assessment for our nation's youth.

  • What have we learned about the uses, limitations, and real-world consequences of high-stakes achievement testing during the era of No Child Left Behind?
  • What do those tests tell us about secondary students’ overall readiness for college, careers, and civic life?
  • What kinds of assessments might offer better and more useful information about students’ progress?
  • And how might states measure deeper and more ambitious kinds of teaching and learning?

Panelists included:

David T. Conley, Professor of educational policy and leadership, University of Oregon; Director, Center for Educational Policy Research; Founder, CEO and CSO, Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC); President, EdImagine Strategy Group.

Author of the recently released: A New Era for Educational Assessment

James E. Taylor, Senior Research Director at the DeBruce Foundation and until recently, Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Taylor specializes in educator professional development, instructional coaching and distributed leadership. 

Director of AIR's research on deeper learning: Study of Deeper Learning: Opportunities and Outcomes

Heidi Andrade, moderator, Associate Professor of educational psychology and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Education, University at Albany—State University of New York.

Author of student-centered assessment research: Assessing Learning: The Students at the Center Series

We encourage you to read these illuminating works on deeper learning and the need for rethinking assessment in our nation's schools. 

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