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White House Hosting On Line – Fewer Tests


White House to Host Convening on Creating Better, Fairer, and Fewer Tests

Office of the Press Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC – Last October, President Obama announced his Testing Action Plan, asking the U.S. Department of Education to work aggressively with states and school districts to reduce the burden of unnecessary and low-quality tests, and to ensure all tests students are taking are worthwhile and time-limited.

On Wednesday, December 7, the White House will bring state and district leaders together with educators, parents, technologists, developers and philanthropic leaders to discuss the impact of the Testing Action Plan and what more can be done to ensure that tests are better, fairer, and fewer. The event will feature remarks from Secretary of Education John King, comments from an educator, and a panel discussion with researchers on improving assessment.

WHAT: White House Convening on Creating Better, Fairer, and Fewer Tests

EVENT: Wednesday, December 7, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

LIVESTREAM: Website will stream the event live.

AGENDA: The event agenda follows.

9:00 AM Opening Remarks

Dr. John King | Secretary | U.S. Department of Education
9:15 AM Remarks by an Educator

Farida Mama | Principal in Residence | UP Education Network
9:25 AM Panel Discussion on Better, Fairer, and Fewer Assessments

Moderator: Gene Wilhoit | Director | National Center for Innovation in Education
Joanna Gorin | Vice President of Research | Educational Testing Service
Martha Thurlow | Executive Director | National Center for Educational Outcomes
Zoran Popović | Professor | University of Washington
Niket Mull | Deputy Senior Executive Director, Policy & Evaluation | New York City Department of Education