NCME Statement on Hate in America
August 22, 2017
Especially in the early years of the 20th century, testing in the United States was connected with attempts to unfairly and inaccurately characterize the worth of members of particular demographic groups, and to deprive them of access to education, employment, and the right to vote, among other things. That dishonorable history makes it all the more important that the National Council on Measurement in Education make clear its condemnation of hate, discrimination, and bias in our country in whatever forms they may occur. As NCME members, we work hard to help create methods and tools that policy makers, educators, and the public can use to identify how successfully our schools function for all student groups, and to identify and eliminate bias and unfairness in tests and test use. As educators, we deplore statements that endorse or excuse bigotry and reaffirm our commitment to fairness, inclusion, and respect for all.
The NCME Board of Directors
NCME Assessment Literacy Initiative
NCME believes that improving assessment literacy of the general public, educators, and policy makers will benefit education broadly. To this end the NCME Standards and Test Use Committee has been tasked with
(1) identifying existing publically accessible materials (videos, booklets, podcasts, etc.) on assessment literacy,
(2) identifying member reviewers who will rate the materials against a rubric that the committee developed and the Board approved,
(3) coordinating the review of these materials, and
(4) for accepted content, getting explicit permission to link to those materials from the NCME website.
These materials might address topics including but not limited to: the use of test data, measurement of growth, administration of classroom assessments, value added models, use of rubrics, and grading.
The committee is ready to start with steps one and two and requires the assistance of NCME members to do this.
• If you know of any such materials that you think NCME should consider, please send Neal Kingston (email@example.com
) the URL where the materials can be accessed and any contact information you might have regarding the organization or person who owns the rights to the materials.
• If you are interested in serving the profession by being a reviewer please provide Neal Kingston (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with your contact information.
Diversity Issues and Testing Scholarships – Apply by February 16
NCME is proud to announce the availability of five $2000 Travel Scholarships to support Ph.D. students from underrepresented minority groups in their presentation of papers at the 2018 NCME Annual Meeting in New York City. Students should be NCME members who are presenting authors of a paper accepted for oral presentation and are African American, Latino/a, and/or Native American. The application is available in the download section on this page
For consideration, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM PST on February 16, 2018. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by March 1, 2018.
December 2017 Newsletter
for the current newsletter.
Graduate Programs in Educational Measurement
NCME's list of graduate programs in educational measurement in the U.S. and Canada has been updated for 2017. Click here
to view the list.
NCME Special Conference on Classroom Assessment
Save the date for the second Classroom Assessment Conference:
October 8-9, 2018
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
The inaugural NCME 2017 Special Conference attracted 267 U.S. and international attendees, and earned high marks for the diversity of attendees and perspectives presented, the informal, intimate atmosphere which facilitated discussion and networking, and the practical and applicable information on classroom and formative assessment.
Presentations from the event can be found here
NCME Fundamentals of Classroom Assessment Video
In this video you will hear from two teachers who are experts in classroom assessment, and look into their classrooms. You will learn about the different forms of classroom assessment, some basics on how to assess in the classroom, and how to use classroom assessment to support student learning and motivation.
Written by Chad Gotch, Susan Brookhart, Brian French, Olusola Adesope
Video production by Milk Crate Media
to view the video.
NCME Position Statement on Student Participation in State Assessment.
for more information.
Voluntary Standards Development Organizations Prevail In Copyright Litigation
A federal judge has found that Public.Resource.Org (Public Resource) infringed upon the copyright of educational standards developed by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). Click here
for more information.
NCME 2018 Annual Meeting
April 12 – 16
The Westin New York at Times Square
New York, NY
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Congratulations new NCME Directors
Thank you to everyone who participated in NCME elections. Thank you also to everyone who volunteered to run for a position. Congratulations to newly elected members of the NCME Board, who will start their terms during the Annual Meeting in April.
• Vice President - Stephen G. Sireci
, University of Massachusetts Amherst
• LEA Debbie Durrence
, Gwinnett County Public Schools
• Board Member at Large Andrew Ho
, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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