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.
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® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in 140 countries and more than half the schools in the US.
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)®.
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.