During this three month trial period the following two workshop webinar series are being offered FREE through July 15, 2012:
Vertical Scaling Methodologies, Applications, and Research
Presented by Michael J. Kolen, University of Iowa and Ye Tong, Pearson
The potential need for constructing a vertical scale arises whenever a testing program has multiple grade levels and wishes to have a common scale to compare test scores across these grade levels. The focus of this series is on developing a conceptual understanding of vertical scaling through numerical examples and discussion of practical issues. There are five sessions in the series:
- Introduction and Scaling Perspectives
- Structure of Tests and Data Collection Designs
- Vertical Scaling Methods
- Vertical Scaling Example and Vertical Scales in State Assessments
- Limitations, Practical Considerations, and Research in Vertical Scaling
Impacting Learning through the use of Formative Assessment
Presented by Julia Payne-Lewis and Stuart R. Kahl, Measured Progress
Formative assessment is effective within the larger framework of a comprehensive assessment system. In this session, the presenters take a look at the research about formative uses of assessment results from a practical vantage point and provide ways to transform theory into real-world practice. The focus of this session is to prepare educators to take these skills and ideas back to their classrooms, schools, and districts, and to support discussions about how to engage in formative uses of assessments with colleagues. There are three sessions in this series:
- Introduction to Formative Assessment and Strategies
- Examples of Learning Targets and Formative Assessment Strategies
- Formative Assessment Strategies.
Choosing a Webinar
Webinars can be accessed here. Some general directions and information about using the webinars are provided below.
Choose which session you want to view by clicking on the title of the session. Click on the ‘Links’ button under the presenters’ names to access the supplementary materials for the session as well as the evaluation. You may also access these materials within the webinar by clicking on the link icon in the upper left part of the screen (above the presenter screen). You can navigate through the webinar by using the audio and video controls under the presenter screen or by using the front and back arrows above the slide show.
After you view the sessions, PLEASE complete the short evaluation about your experience. This information will help us to continue and expand on the NCME web-based training session offerings.