NEWS RELEASES 2008-09
NORTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER CHOSEN TO SERVE ON NATIONAL TASK FORCE; TASK FORCE TO ISSUE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ASSESMENT SYSTEMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNER
North Carolina State Board of Education member Melissa Bartlett was selected by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to serve on a year-long task force that will make policy recommendations on comprehensive student assessment systems for the 21st century learner.
"The NASBE membership has identified student assessment as one of the most challenging responsibilities they face," said Brenda Welburn, NASBE executive director. "The changing environment and demands of school reform in the 21st century require re-examination of the roles for state student assessment systems in promoting student achievement. State Boards are re-evaluating their decision points with a focus on equity and access, and on the opportunities offered by the expansion of data systems under development at the state level."
As part of the 20-member national task force, Bartlett will meet with other state policymakers, student assessment experts, and education reform leaders to examine assessment issues with direct policy implications for State Boards of Education and other national, state and local education policymakers.
Specifically, the NASBE study group will examine how assessment can promote standards for 21st century learning and measure students' progress in meeting those standards, the multiple purposes for testing and the implications for standards-based reform, how assessment systems can leverage ongoing improvements in teaching and learning, technology applications in assessments, professional preparation and training needed to use assessments to support high-quality teaching, and school-wide data tracking and decision making to ensure quality teaching and student learning.
The task force will issue a comprehensive report in October at the NASBE Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Policy recommendations also will be distributed to governors, state superintendents, other state and local education policymakers, national education groups, Congress and federal officials.
For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications Division at 919.807.3450 or Douglas Levin with the National Association of State Boards of Education at 703.684.4000 ext. 1109.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.