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CCSSO’s State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards System Wraps up Successful Winter 2010 Meetings

By Lance Polivy

CCSSO's State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) System held its winter meetings for 14 collaboratives, February 9-13, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the SCASS System meetings, members developed original publications, analyzed data, and engaged in professional development with their peers. The meetings attracted over 330 attendees from over 30 states.

During the Wednesday keynote address, CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit painted a picture of the current educational landscape and the challenges in teaching our next generation of students. Wilhoit emphasized the need for U.S. students to be well prepared and ready to compete with not only their American peers, but with students from around the world, and charged the SCASS System members to push toward more innovative thinking to transform our education system.

The SCASS System meeting hosted an impressive array of speakers including assessment experts, representatives of the U.S. Department of Education, and CCSSO. CCSSO Senior Advocacy Associate Adam Ezring met with several of the SCASS groups to discuss federal education policy. Educational Psychology Professor Ron Hambleton of the University of Massachusetts, a spoke about the principals of good reporting. To add hard data to the presentation, four state members in attendance volunteered to have their states' student performance critiqued by Professor Hambleton.

The next SCASS System meeting will be held this June. For more information about the upcoming SCASS System meeting, please contact Ashley Gardiner, at For information about joining a specific SCASS, please contact Robert Olsen, at