How Smarter and How Balanced are the New Assessments in Mathematics? An Examination of the Pitfalls and Possibilities of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Dr. Mark Ellis. Mark is a Professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton where he directs the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative and is Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI for four externally-funded projects involving innovative approaches to teacher preparation and teacher development. He served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and contributed to the development of NCTM’s Principles to Action: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Among the over 40 articles Mark has published is a critique of No Child Left Behind’s emphasis on standardized assessment titled, “Leaving No Child Behind Yet Allowing None Too Far Ahead,” which appeared in Teachers College Record. In 2015 he received NCTM’s Linking Research to Practice award as co-author of the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School article, “Multidimensional Mathematics Teaching.” Mark serves on the technical advisory committee for the i-Ready Adaptive Diagnostic program by Curriculum Associates and on the planning team for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-P). Prior to entering higher education, Mark taught mathematics in grades 6-12 in northern California public schools for six years, earning National Board certification in early adolescence mathematics in 1999. All of his work is driven by a belief that every student has the potential to be successful in learning mathematics and a commitment to ensuring this potential is fulfilled in every classroom.
Abstract: This interactive session will examine the new assessments of mathematics used in public schools in California and elsewhere. Consideration will be given to the potential impact on how students are identified as proficient in mathematics and on the ways teachers, students, and parents think about what it means to be proficient in mathematics.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 4-6:30 PM, University of San Diego, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium.
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