Previous Events


CoSN Annual Conference 2014

3/19/ 14 – 3/22/14; Washington, DC

Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd will present as a panelist on “Becoming Assessment Ready .”

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Education Government Forum on Mobile Learning: SIIA Education Policy Forum 

3/18/14 – 3/19/2014; Washington, DC

Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd will present as a panelist on “Common Core Standards & Assessments: Transition to Mobile Learning.”

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5th Annual New Hampshire Statewide Data Use Conference

3/18/14; Concord, NH

Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd will  provide a national perspective on the Common Core State Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, and the importance of using multiple measures in his keynote address on “A National Perspective on Assessments Data” at this conference on assessment data.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) – 2014 Interactive Institute Series

2/15/14; Orlando, FL

Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole will  present on the assessment system at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2014 Interactive Institute Series: Cutting to the “Common Gore” for PK-12 Teachers and School Leaders.

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Montana Office of Public Instruction – 2014 Assessment and Data Conference

1/15/14 – 1/17/14; Helena, MT

Director of State Services Dacia Hopfensperger will provide information and updates on the assessment system for Montana educators at the 2014 Assessment and Data Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “All Aboard: Championing College and Career Ready.”

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Washington Educational Research Association – 28th Annual WA State Assessment Conference

12/11/13 – 12/13/13; Seattle, WA

Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided information on the implementation of the spring 2014 Field Test and what school districts can do to prepare for the  2014-15 operational assessments.

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Association for Career and Technical Education – CareerTech VISION 2013

12/6/13 – 12/7/13; Las Vegas, NV

Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided information and updates on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2013 conference.

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University of Washington College of Education

10/29/13; Seattle, WA

Executive Director Joe Willhoft joined a panel of leading educators to discuss testing and teacher evaluation issues.

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iNACOL – Blended and Online Learning Symposium

10/28/13; Orlando, FL

Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd participated in a session to discuss assessment readiness – from broadband to technology readiness – for blended and online schools implementing next-generation assessments.   

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The Education Trust – 2013 National Conference

10/25/13; Baltimore, MD

Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided an update on the Consortium and answer questions about the assessment system in an interactive session moderated by Daria Hall, director of K-12 policy development for The Education Trust.

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The College Board – 2013 Forum

10/23/13; New York, NY

Director of Higher Education Collaboration Jaci King joined a session discussing the assessment consortia at The College Board 2013 Forum.

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NASDCTEc – 2013 Fall Meeting

10/22/13; Baltimore, MD

Director of Higher Education Collaboration Jaci King joined a concurrent session to discuss findings from a national survey on career-ready assessments at the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) 2013 Fall Meeting.

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American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting

5/1/13; San Francisco, CA

Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole will presented recent research, findings and implication for implementation of Common Core State Standards.

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National Council on Measurement in Education 2013 Annual Meeting

4/28/13; San Francisco, CA

Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided an overview of assessment implementation milestones and the Common Core State Standards.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition

4/18/13; Denver, CO

Gail Pagano, Connecticut K-12 State Lead, provided an overview of the Smarter Balanced summative, interim, and formative assessments.

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ASCD Annual Conference

3/16/13; Chicago, IL

Sue Gendron, policy coordinator for the Consortium, provided an overview of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and an update on the Consortium’s progress for conference participants from member states.

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Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference

2/28/13; Portland, OR

Chief Operating Officer Tony Alpert provided an overview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, the minimum technology specifications necessary to administer the assessments, and an update on the Consortium’s progress to date.

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South Carolina Educators for Practical Research – 2013 Annual Conference

2/7/13; Columbia, SC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided the keynote address at the South Carolina Educators for Practical Research 2013 Annual Conference. The theme for the conference was “Knowledge to Action in the Age of the Common Core.”

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Association of Test Professionals – Innovations in Testing U.S. Conference

2/4/13; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Lead Psychometrician Marty McCall participated in the panel “Adaptive Assessing the Common Core” at the Association of Test Professionals 2013 conference. The theme of the conference was “Innovations in Testing.”

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Washington Educational Research Association – Washington State Assessment Conference

12/5/12 – 12/7/12; Seattle, WA
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided an update on the Smarter Balanced assessments at the 27th annual Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) Washington State Assessment Conference. The theme for the conference was “Education at the Crossroads – Common Standards, Common Practice, Common Assessments.”

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Association for Career and Technical Education – CareerTech VISION 2012

11/28/12 – 12/1/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided information and updates on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in a breakout session on the Common Core at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2012 conference.

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Foundation for Excellence in Education – National Summit

11/27/12 – 11/28/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided information on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium on a panel at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s national summit in Washington, DC.

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The Education Trust – 2012 National Conference

11/8/12 – 11/9/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft joined hundreds of educators and national leaders dedicated to closing achievement gaps at The Education Trust’s 2012 Annual Conference. The theme for the conference was “Getting It Done! Raising Achievement, Closing Gaps For All.”

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – 2012 Regional Conference and Exposition

10/26/12 – Hartford, CT
Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole presented on the mathematics portion of the assessment system at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2012 Regional Conference and Exposition. The title of this session was “Adaptive Thinking: Using Tiered Tasks to Assess All Students” and focused on how the use of tiered math tasks and adaptive thinking can yield valuable information for assessing student growth.

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National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics – 2012 Fall Leadership Seminar

10/24/12 – Hartford, CT
Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole participated in the seminar, “Tools and Strategies for Implementing the Common Core State Standards.”

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NASDSE – Annual Conference

10/21/12; Sacramento, CA
Executive Committee member Michael Hock presented on the assessment system at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) 74th Annual Conference and Business Meeting. The theme for the conference was “Building Supports for Successful Student Engagement.”

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NCASCD – Professional Development Workshop

10/18/12; Greensboro, NC
Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole presented on selected response, constructed response, and technology enhanced items in mathematics at a North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASD) professional development workshop. The theme for this workshop was “Preparing Every Student for Success on the Common Core Assessments.”

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Michigan Reading Association – Fall Conference

10/13/12; Dearborn, MI

Director of English Language Arts and Literacy Barb Kapinus, provided insight on the Smarter Balanced assessments and their impact on teachers, students, and the classroom for the Michigan Reading Association. The theme for this conference was “The Changing Landscape of Literacy Assessment.”

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American Institutes for Research and the Hispanic Education Coalition Briefing

10/2/12; Capitol Hill, D.C.
Magda Chia, director of support for under-represented students,  particpated in a briefing sponsored by The American Institutes for Research and The Hispanic Education Coalition. The breifing covered the way implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the issuance of new Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers, the development of Smarter Balanced assessments, and additional factors will impact the academic achievement of English language learners.

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State Education Chiefs Meeting

09/12/12; St. Louis, MO
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Central Time)
State education chiefs met during the Smarter Balanced collaboration conference in St. Louis, MO. This session was open to the public. Among the topics discussed: test blueprint, process for developing achievement level descriptors, the Pilot Test scheduled for early 2013, and sustainability planning.

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National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality – Systems That Last: Great Teachers and Leaders for America’s Schools

09/5/12 – 09/7/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft participated in a panel, ‘Planning for Transitions to the Application and Use of Student Outcomes Data’, on Thursday September 6 from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

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SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference

08/8/12 – 08/10/12; Chicago, IL
Director of Higher Education Collaboration Jaci King participated at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) 2012 higher education policy conference. The theme for the conference was “Collaborating Across Boundaries in Challenging Times”.

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National Assessment Governing Board Meeting

08/02/12 – 08/04/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided an update on the progress of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to members of the National Assessment Governing Board in this quarterly meeting.

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Infusing the Classroom with Reasoning & Sense Making

07/24/12 – 07/26/12; Los Angeles, CA
Director of Mathematics Shelbi Cole provided an overview of the assessment system and how mathematics will be assessed with an emphasis on reasoning and sense making. This event was presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

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Standards for Mathematical Practices – Bringing them to Life Conference

07/17/12 – 07/18/12; Osage Beach, MO
Executive Director Joe Willhoft provided an overview of the assessment system design, timeline, and progress to date in this conference presented by SuccessLink. This conference focused on implementation of processes and proficiencies embedded in the Standards for Mathematics Practices from the Common Core State Standards.

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NCES 2012 Summer Forum

07/9/12 – 07/13/12; Washington, DC
Executive Director Joe Willhoft gave an overview and update on the assessment system in this meeting sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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3rd Annual Hawaii Model Schools Conference

07/06/12 – 07/07/12; Honolulu, HI
Sue Gendron presented on the implementation of the assessment system in Hawaii schools at this event sponsored by the International Center for Leadership in Education. The theme of the conference was: The Time is Now: Making the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments a Reality for Schools in Hawaii.

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2012 National Conference on College & Career Readiness and Common Core State Standards

06/29/12; Chicago, IL
Sue Gendron spoke on the assessment system at this national conference sponsored by the Center for College & Career Readiness. This conference focused on improving education and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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National Conference on Student Assessment

06/26/12 – 06/29/12; Minneapolis, MN
Smarter Balanced Executive Director Joe Willhoft spoke at the Council of Chief State School Officer’s (CCSSO) 2012 National Conference on Student Assessment. The theme for the 2012 conference was Fulfilling the Future of Educational Systems: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment through the Next Decade.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting & Exposition

04/25/12 – 4/28/12; Philadelphia, PA
Smarter Balanced Executive Director Joe Willhoft spoke at NCTM’s annual meeting, the nation’s largest gathering of math educators.

The Data Showcase Conference – Connecticut State Department of Education

04/24/12 – 04/25/12; Connecticut
Smarter Balanced Chief Operating Officer Tony Alpert delivered the keynote presentation at the Data Showcase Conference sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

NCME / AERA Annual Meeting

04/12/12 – 04/16/12; Vancouver, BC
Smarter Balanced Executive Director Joe Willhoft participated on a panel during NCME’s 2012 annual meeting, a gathering of educators involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement.

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Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees Annual Meeting

03/20/12; Harrisburg, PA
Smarter Balanced Higher Education Director Jacqueline King gave a presentation on the Smarter Balanced assessment system at the 2012 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees.

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