NYU “Testing Today” Breakfast Series, Feb. 21

Dean Mary Brabeck cordially invites you to NYU Steinhardt’s three-part Education Policy Breakfast Series

Testing Today: Assessment to Enhance Learning, or Just Testing our Patience? Part II: The Benefits of Testing … and its Consequences

Friday, February 21, 2014
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Rosenthal Pavilion
Kimmel Center for University Life, 10th Floor
60 Washington Square South


In our 2012-13 series, we examined the new Common Core Standards, and our guest speakers included New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and Randi Weingarten.  In our 2013-14 series we are tackling another hot topic: testing.

At our first session last fall, we examined the big business of testing in America from both historical and economic standpoints.  You can watch a video of that session here.

At our next session, we will continue the discussion by looking at the benefits and consequences of testing.  Questions to be considered include:  What are the merits and cautions regarding the use of value-added modeling?  What happens when standardized tests are not used or are made optional?  What are the implications of missing test data on educational policy? Our distinguished guest speakers will consider how well testing evaluates student learning and teacher effectiveness, what elements of the current approach are working, and what might be changed.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 14.

Guest speakers are:

  • George Noell, Professor of Psychology, Louisiana State University
  • Howard Wainer, Distinguished Research Scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners; former Principal Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service


  • Sharon Weinberg, Professor of Applied Statistics and Psychology, NYU Steinhardt

RSVP to the February 21st Education Policy Breakfast

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