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Board on Testing and Assessment appoints new Chair

David FrancisDr. David J. Francis has been appointed as the new chair of the Board on Testing and Assessment. He is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair and professor in the department of psychology at the University of Houston. His areas of quantitative interest include modeling of individual growth, multi-level and mixture modeling, structural equation modeling, item response theory, and exploratory data analysis. Francis replaces Edward Haertel of Stanford University who served as BOTA's chair for the last 6 years.

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How Social-Emotional Learning and Development of 21st Century Competencies Support Academic Achievement

Based on the 2012 report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, staff member Margaret Hilton published an article in the State Education Standard.  The article explains the important roles intrapersonal and interpersonal skills play in deeper learning.

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Education, Equity, and the Big Picture

The nation needs to take a more comprehensive approach to improving educational outcomes for low-income and minority students and English learners.

Read the article by Natalie Nielsen, staff member of the Board on Science Education, in the Spring Issue of Issues in Science and Technology



Recent Reports

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

Science AssessmentLThis report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Board on Science Education, describes the types of new assessments that will be needed to gauge student progress. The report recommends a systems approach, one that uses a range of assessments that complement one another to yield information that can guide decisions of teachers, policymakers and others.

Read more  |  Report Brief

Education for Life and Work:
Guide for Practitioners

small group meetingA new booklet from the Board on Testing and Assessment summarizes key information from the report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge in the 21st Century, and describes effective teaching approaches. In addition, it identifies areas of convergence with the learning goals set for mathematics and English language arts by the Common Core State Standards and for science as outlined in the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education.

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