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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