Dr. Jeff Barker Presenting at GACIS Fall Conference

Dr. Jeff Barker will present a professional learning session at the 2016 GACIS Fall Conference. His presentation, “Developing a Valid and Reliable Formative and Summative Assessment System” will provide participants insight into the passage of Senate Bill 364 and the opportunity districts have to develop and administer formative/summative assessments in content areas and grade levels that do not have a Milestones assessment.

A discussion on the research-based methods required to develop valid and reliable formative and summative assessments will be the focus of this presentation.  Topics included are: learning targets, complexity and rigor, blueprints, and assessment/item specifications.  In addition, the assessment development cycle will be discussed in depth. The development of formative and summative assessment will assist districts and schools in measuring individual student achievement and will help identify areas where students demonstrate mastery and face challenges.  In addition, Dr. Barker will discuss how these assessments can be utilized to improve instructional practice and learning.

Also, don’t forget to visit our booth at the conference!

The Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors (GACIS) is a professional organization for persons working in the field of curriculum development and instructional supervision. GACIS promotes cooperative relations with and maintains direct contact with the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia General Assembly, teacher education institutions of the state and other educational organizations and agencies that impact public education. GACIS is one of the six affiliate organizations of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL). The conference will be September 22-23, 2016 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.


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