The National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) is the premier forum for assessment practitioners to discuss educational assessments.
Since 1971, NCSA has been the trusted forum for assessment practitioners to learn and reflect upon current and emerging trends in education and educational assessments. Each year the conference draws around 1,000 attendees including federal, state, and district agencies, test publishers, educational consultants, university faculty, and organizations supporting technology, education, and business. The conference takes place over a three-day period in June, including 60-minute symposia, 90-minute symposia, and 45-minute roundtables.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies (SEAs) have an opportunity to ensure this new federal law supports the overall vision and goals for education in their respective state. States are now ready to put their comprehensive strategy into action and move forward with implementation. It is critical that SEAs monitor and evaluate whether the expected outcomes are playing out as states anticipated when they developed the ESSA consolidated plan. This year, the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) will focus on "Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): How Assessment and Accountability Systems Can Support Continuous Improvement." These systems provide extensive and meaningful information that can be used in many ways to improve student academic outcomes, close achievement gaps, identify schools’ needs and provide targeted support, and engage educators in ongoing improvement to teach all students. The goal of the 2018 conference is to give states a forum to share the best practices, strategies, research studies, resources, and innovative methods when using assessment and accountability information to continuously improve their overall education system with this new federal law.
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From ETS and Questar, Winsight is the only K-12 assessment system to integrate summative, interim and formative components built on learning progressions that provide insights to guide students’ progress toward educational standards and goals. From state boards and school districts to teachers and students, Winsight helps everyone drive progress together.
Established in 1946, The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a not-for-profit organization that provides research, assessment services, and technical assistance to school systems nationwide. We are more than 1,700 people working to improve lives in communities at home and around the world. Our mission calls for us to turn the best research into practice, which we do in every arena in which we work.
Pursuing our mission in K-12 assessment, we have built technology that has helped transition thousands of schools and districts to online testing using tests that more precisely measure what students know and can do. During this time, millions of students have been impacted by our work: One-in-three students in grades 3-8 in the US takes an ELA or Math test delivered on our online testing platform. For more information, visit http://www.air.org.
For decades, DRC has maintained a tradition of excellence in educational assessment publication, administration, and reporting. DRC offers educational assessments for the pre-K, K–12, and adult education markets, across the U.S. and internationally. The company is a leader in transitioning states to online testing via its DRC INSIGHT™ Online Learning System. DRC INSIGHT is a secure, powerful, and highly reliable online testing engine that delivers millions of computer-based assessments all across the nation. DRC currently delivers custom, K–12 statewide assessment projects for 21 states and the WIDA consortium (39 states). In addition, DRC publishes and administers TerraNova®, TABE®, LAS Links®, and the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™. For more information on DRC, visit www.datarecognitioncorp.com.
Measured Progress, a non-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. Since 1983, we have successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation to support their assessment programs. Today, we develop 21st-century assessments for classrooms, districts, states, and collaboratives. We are proud to be a leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities.
Measured Progress connects the K–12 educational community with innovative and flexible assessment solutions. Our goal is to provide meaningful information about student progress to improve teaching and learning. It’s all about student learning.
NWEA™ State Solutions
We provide adaptive assessment solutions that reveal multiple dimensions of student success and accelerate learning. From comprehensive systems that synthesize growth and proficiency data—to early learning measures that support third-grade reading proficiency—we create solutions tailored to state needs. Learn how to partner with us at NWEA.org.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. HMH is a proud sponsor of CCSSO-NCSA and provides reliable and research-based assessment solutions such as the Iowa Assessments™, CogAT®, Woodcock-Johnson®, and the new King-Devick Reading Acceleration Program® (K-D RAP)®.
Key Data Systems serves K-12 educators by providing formative assessment content solutions like Inspect®, an industry-leading item bank and suite of over 500 pre-built assessments that combine rigor, innovation, and integrity. Inspect® delivers specific feedback to teachers so they can quickly inform instruction to increase student learning. As an industry leader in educational psychometric services and standards-based assessment, Key Data Systems currently supports over 12 million students in 43 states.
Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. As a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Educational Testing Service (ETS), we share a belief that better measurement solutions can make a positive impact on education. We take a fresh and innovative approach to design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting. And we are reimagining how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instructions and fully prepare students for college or career. Our high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented value. Educators trust our high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, teachers, and students.
Scantron has been a trusted leader in assessment technology for more than 40 years. We provide a complete range of online test delivery, from fixed-form to adaptive. Our assessment development and psychometric experts can develop valid and reliable customized tests and research studies, using our proven experience in working with schools, districts, and states to drive educational outcomes.