TC's Chatterji Co-Hosts EdWeek Blog on Assessment
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"Assessing the Assessments: K-12 Measurement and Accountability in the 21st Century," a blog featuring dialogue among scholars and school practitioners, will be co-hosted by Madhabi Chatterji, Director of TC's Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative (AERI) and James Harvey, Executive Director of the National Superintendents Roundtable. It debuted on the site of Education Week today and will run for five weeks through April 14, 2014.
Chatterji, Associate Professor of Measurement, Evaluation & Education, has written the blog's first entry, titled "Validity, Test Use and Consequences—Pre-empting a Persistent Problem," in which she discusses the consequences of appropriate versus inappropriate uses of educational assessments, and their connection to validity. Inappropriate uses often stretch tests beyond their technical limits, Chatterji argues, and are analogous to people making inappropriate or risky uses of bridges or buildings – as occurred during the June 2000 opening of London's Millennium Bridge, when wobbling caused by unanticipated overcrowding prompted a shutdown. Chatterji's earlier commentary, "Validity Counts: Let's Mend, Not End,Education Testing," set the stage for the blog, appearing in this week's edition of Education Week.
Subsequent guest contributors to the blog will include TC President Susan Fuhrman and TC Professor Emeritus Edmund W. Gordon; Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University; James Pellegrino, Co-director of Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago; Henry Braun, Director of The Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational at Boston College; Joshua Starr, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, MD; Michael McGill, Superintendent of Scarsdale Schools, NY (retd.), Jeff Charbonneau, a Washington state science teacher who was named Teacher of the Year in 2013.