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3 Webinars This Week: Striving Readers, College and Career Readiness & Through-Course Assessments

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March 08, 2011 07:55 pm

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From Striving to Struggling: The Proposed Elimination of Striving Readers and the Need to Reverse Course
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Congress has passed a short-term measure to prevent the federal government from shutting down, and the House of Representatives has passed proposed funding levels for the remainder of the year. The House-passed proposal would eliminate funding for Striving Readers in 2010 and 2011, while the short-term measure that has been signed into law eliminates the program in 2011. Tomorrow, the Alliance will host a webinar that will provide an update on the budget negotiations taking place on Capitol Hill and how they will affect funding for the new comprehensive Striving Readers program. Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell will be joined by Don Deshler from the University of Kansas’ Center for Research on Learning and Cindy Parker with the Kentucky Department of Education to discuss the new Striving Readers Comprehensive Program, the research behind it, and the importance of comprehensive literacy plans in preparing students for college and careers.

WEBINAR: College and Career Readiness, Pt 1: What Does the Research Say?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The national conversation around education has shifted from baseline academic proficiency to preparation for the rigors of college and the workplace. This shift comes as many college faculty and employers note that students graduating from American high schools are not prepared for postsecondary education or workplace demands. To address this topic, the Alliance is hosting a three-part webinar series, the first of which—“College and Career Readiness, Pt. 1: What Does the Research Say?”—will be held tomorrow. During the webinar, a distinguished panel of speakers will share lessons drawn from the body of research on college and career readiness and discuss recommendations for aligning policy and practice.

Through-Course Summative Assessments: Measurement Challenges, Choices, and Trade-Offs Within the Comprehensive Assessment Consortia Designs
Thursday, March 10, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This Thursday, the Alliance and the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS (K–12 Center) will cohost a webinar on some of the most salient measurement challenges associated with the use of through-course summative assessments. Some of the nation’s leading measurement experts—Henry Braun, Pascal D. Forgione Jr., Andrew Ho, Lauress Wise, and Rebecca Zwick—will discuss issues such as scaling, linking, and reporting; aggregating results from through-course assessments; and interpretations of student growth over time. Robert Rothman will serve as moderator.

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