International Education Study Group 2020-2021

9/10/2020

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Overview

In July 2020, NCSL, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) launched the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Legislative International Education Study Group.   

The study group consists of a bipartisan group of legislators and legislative staff appointed by each of the sponsoring organizations. Through 2021, the group will embark on a study of the highest-performing countries, provinces and states and the ways they organize their education systems for successful outcomes for all students.   

During this time, the group will focus its study on the elements and policy framework found in world-class education systems. This includes: 

  • Rigorous and adaptive learning systems. 
  • Effective teachers and principals. 
  • Equitable foundation of supports. 
  • Coherent and aligned governance.
  • Implementation strategies. 

Study group members also will choose one of four top-performing jurisdictions to study in-depth. When the study concludes in late 2021, the group will publish its findings to share with legislative colleagues and education policy experts here and abroad. 

This study group builds on a previous effort sponsored by NCSL in partnership with NCEE, where the first cohort of 20 legislators and six legislative staff embarked on a similar study in 2015. This resulted in the seminal report on the group's findings, "No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State." Since its publication, the report has become one of the most popular publications ever released by NCSL, and NCSL and NCEE staff have presented its findings to more than a dozen state legislatures. In fact, Maryland is now revamping its entire education system based on this framework, and Indiana, New Mexico and Nevada policymakers are using the framework to improve their education systems. More information about this legislative work was highlighted in the October 2019 cover story of State Legislatures magazine

Cohort Members

Participants

  • Representative Andi Story, Alaska
  • Representative Terri Collins, Alabama
  • Dustin Jones, Alabama
  • Representative Michelle Udall, Arizona
  • Representative Rene Plasencia, Florida
  • Representative Justin Woodson, Hawaii
  • Senator Jeff Raatz, Indiana
  • Senator Max Wise, Kentucky
  • Joe Burks, Kentucky
  • Lisa Lovello, Louisiana
  • Representative Jim Davnie, Minnesota
  • Senator Dennis DeBar, Mississippi
  • Porscha Miner, Mississippi
  • Representative Llew Jones, Montana
  • Representative Graig Meyer, North Carolina
  • Representative Mary Heath, New Hampshire
  • Jennifer Foor, New Hampshire
  • Representative G. Andres Romero, New Mexico
  • Rachel Gudgel, New Mexico
  • Senator Marilyn Dondero-Loop, Nevada
  • Senator Ryan Aument, Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie Buchanan, Pennsylvania
  • Pierce McNair, South Carolina
  • Senator Raumesh Akbari, Tennessee
  • Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia

Staff Members

  • Nathan Driskell, NCEE
  • Anthony Mackay, NCEE
  • Lee Posey, SREB
  • Stephen Pruitt, SREB
  • Michelle Exstrom, NCSL
  • Emily Ronco, NCSL

Readings and Resources

Meeting 1- Introductory Resources: Why International Comparisons?

Meeting 2- Rigorous and Adaptive Learning Systems

NCEE:
SREB:

Meeting 3- Effective Teachers and Principals

Meeting 4- Equitable Foundation of Supports

Meeting 5- Coherent and Aligned Governance

Meeting 7- Anticipating the Future of Work & Preparing Students for Jobs Today and in the Future

Robert Schwartz
SREB
State of Indiana

Meeting 8- Recruiting and Developing the Teaching Profession

NCEE's Empowered Educators Policy Briefs

Meeting 9- Creating More Systemic Early Learning Policy

Meeting 10- Learning from High-Performing Systems to Clarify the Goals & Purposes of Large-Scale Assessment 

Meeting 1: Sept. 1-2, 2020

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting:  Why International Comparisons? 

Meeting objectives: 

  • Introduce and learn more about members of the 2020-2021 cohort. 
  • Learn how the U.S. compares to top-performing education systems, methods used for comparison, and the potential impact on our state economies if we fail to improve. 
  • Explore NCEE’s policy framework and discuss common component parts shared by top-performing education systems to achieve equity, excellence and efficiency.  
  • Discuss issues and challenges with benchmarking other countries but also understand why benchmarking other systems is a valid and uniquely useful approach.  
  • Choose a jurisdiction to further study in a small group through December. 
Tuesday, Sept. 1

4-4:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL
  • Stephen Pruitt, president, SREB

4:30-5:15 p.m.

The How and Why of International Education Benchmarking

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Nathan Driskell, associate director of policy analysis and development, NCEE

5:15-5:25 p.m.

Break

5:25-6 p.m.

Reflections on No Time to Lose and the first study group

  • Moderator: Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Panelists:
    • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL
    • Lee Posey, vice president of state strategies, SREB
    • Senator Joyce Elliott, Arkansas
    • Representative Bob Behning, Indiana

6-6:30 p.m.

Breakout Rooms

Based on what you have read and heard so far, has anything surprised or challenged your thinking?

6:30-6:50 p.m.

Large Group Discussion

6:50 p.m.

Wrapup and Preview of Tomorrow’s Agenda

  • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL

Wednesday, Sept. 2

4-4:10 p.m.

Welcome and Overview of Agenda

4:10-4:55 p.m.

Introduction to the Design of High-Performing Systems

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Nathan Driskell, associate director of policy analysis and development, NCEE

4:55-5:20 p.m.

Breakout Rooms

Participants will break into four small groups and discuss:

  • Which parts of the framework seem similar to policies in your own systems? Which seem most different?
  • How are you thinking about the comparability of the systems this framework is based on to the United States’?

5:20-5:40 p.m.

Large Group Discussion

5:40-5:50 p.m.

Break

5:50-6:10 p.m.

Introduction to Research Projects

  • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL
  • Anthony Mackay, CEO, NCEE6:10 – 6:45

6:10-6:45 p.m.

Breakout Rooms

Participants will break into their chosen jurisdiction.

6:45 p.m.

Wrapup, Next Steps and Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4-7 p.m. ET: Rigorous and Adaptive Learning Systems
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m. ET: Effective Teachers and Principals
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4-7 p.m. ET: Equitable Foundation of Supports
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m. ET: Coherent and Aligned Governance

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting 2: Sept. 23, 2020

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting 2: Rigorous and Adaptive Learning Systems

Meeting objectives:

  • Participants can describe the features of strong, rigorous and adaptive learning systems.
  • Participants consider key ways systems are reshaping their learning systems for the future and the challenges they face in doing so.
  • Participants can describe the differences between career and technical education programs in the U.S. and in high-performing systems.
  • Participants begin to think about the role for teachers in these systems and the capacities that they need to fill these roles.
Wednesday, Sept. 23

4-4:05 p.m.   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda

  • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL

4:05-5:15 p.m. 

Expert panel on the features of rigorous and adaptive learning systems

A group of international experts’ overview of the features of strong rigorous and adaptive learning systems. They will review the issues and challenges they struggle with and share reflections from a single high-performing system (Estonia).

  • Intro: Jackie Kraemer, director of policy analysis and development, NCEE
  • Moderator: Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Panelists:
    • Eve Eisenschmidt, professor of educational leadership, Tallinn University
    • Geoff Masters, chief executive officer, Australian Council on Educational Research

5:15-5:20 p.m. 

Break

5:20-5:45 p.m. 

Developing State-of-the-Art Career and Technical Education Pathways

A group of international and domestic experts will reflect on how pathways, including career and technical education pathways, built into a rigorous and adaptive learning system can help meet the needs of all students. Participants will have the opportunity for discussion in breakout groups.

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Gretchen Cheney, senior policy analyst, NCEE
  • Stephen Pruitt, president, SREB

5:45-6:15 p.m. 

Breakout Rooms

  • What assets are in place in your state to leverage to build CTE programs like those described in this session?
  • What opportunities are in place in your state to build the kind of holistic CTE system like those described in this session?

6:15-6:55 p.m.

Trends for the Future of Learning Systems

One of the world’s leading thinkers on the future of teaching and learning will offer reflections on how learning systems are changing globally, now and in the future.

  • Kai-ming Cheng, professor emeritus, University of Hong Kong

6:55 p.m.

Closing and Next Steps

  • Michelle Exstrom, group director, NCSL

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting 3: Oct. 8, 2020

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting 3: Effective Teachers and Principals

Meeting Objectives:

  • Recognize how high-performing countries structure the role of school leaders to create structures, supports and incentives for teachers to meet their full potential.
  • Become familiar with best practices to recruit and prepare the world’s best teachers.
  • Learn how Singapore brings these systems together to recruit, prepare and support the world’s best teachers.
Thursday, Oct. 8

4-4:05 p.m.             

Introduction and Overview of Agenda

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL
  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE

4:05-5:05 p.m. 

Leaders Who Develop Structures, Supports and Incentives for Educators to Do Their Best Work

We’ll reflect on the evolution of American understanding of leadership in education. What does leadership mean in an education system?

  • Jason Dougal, executive vice president, NCEE

5:05-5:15 p.m.

Break

5:15-6 p.m.

Recruitment and Preparation

A brief introduction to recruitment and preparation followed by breakout groups and a large group conversation.

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE
  • Nathan Driskell, associate director of policy analysis and development, NCEE

Breakout prompts:

  • How can your state recruit people with the dispositions and disciplinary knowledge necessary to thrive in such an environment?
  • How can your state ensure they are prepared to enter this type of professional working environment?

6-6:45 p.m.

Bringing the Whole System Together

 Discussion of the three key constructs of Singapore’s approach to learning and development, followed by Q&A.

  • David Ng, head of academic quality, National Institute of Education, Singapore

6:45-7 p.m.

Opportunity for Reflection, Closing and Next Steps

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL

 

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting 4: Nov. 10, 2020

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Equitable Foundation of Supports 

Meeting objectives: 

  • Participants reflect on their state policy context for ensuring that all children grow up economically secure, healthy, and in homes that support education and development and can name goals, key issues and challenges. 
  • Participants learn about leading work in the U.S. and globally in this area. 
  • Participants plan for next steps in this area, based on lessons learned. 
Tuesday, Nov. 10

Tuesday, Nov. 10

4-4:15 p.m.   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE 

4:15-4:45 p.m. 

Breakout: State Context for an Equitable Foundation of Supports 

Participants will take about 3 minutes to present their reflection from the pre-work:  

  • How well does your state ensure that all children grow up economically secure, healthy, and in homes that support education and development? What are key policies in place to ensure students enter school on a level playing field? 

  • What are the biggest challenges?  

  • Where would you like to go? 

4:45-5 p.m. 

Report Out 

Together, we’ll discuss the following: 

  • What challenges and opportunities are shared across your state in this area?  

  • What would you like to know more about to help you meet your goals?  

5 –5:10 p.m. 

Break 

5:10-5:40 p.m. 

A Conversation with Kristiina Kumpulainen and Paul Reville 

U.S. and Finnish thought leaders will share their perspectives on equitable supports in high-performing systems globally. 

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE 

  • Paul Reville 

  • Kristiina Kumpulainen 

5:40-6:40 p.m.  

Breakout Groups: Addressing Challenges to Your States’ Context  

Speakers will rotate among the breakout groups every fifteen minutes. Groups will alternate between having an expert join them and having time for discussion between fellow participants. 

When an expert joins your group, please use the time to ask questions. 

When your group is without an expert, a facilitator will ask the following: 

  • How has what you’ve heard furthered your thinking about how to address the challenges in your state?  

  • What questions is this raising for you about your state context?  

  • What do you need to know more about in order to move forward? How will you investigate this? 

  • What next steps might you pursue and what support would be helpful?  

6:40-7 p.m. 

Reflection on Session and Next Steps 

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

 

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting 5: Dec. 8, 2020

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Coherent and Aligned Governance 

Meeting objectives: 

  • Participants learn how leading education systems are designed with governance that sets clear goals informed by international benchmarking; promotes positive incentives, structures, and supports for all educators to do their best work; includes horizontal accountability at all levels of the system; and are adaptive to meet the needs of the future. 
  • Participants reflect on opportunities and challenges in their own states to develop this kind of governance. 
  • Participants generate specific policies, principles, and/or strategies that can address these opportunities and challenges. 
Tuesday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, Dec. 8        

4-4:15 p.m. 

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE 

4:15-5:15 p.m. 

State and International Perspectives on Coherent and Aligned Governance 

  • Scott MacDonald, deputy minister of education, British Columbia 

  • Vivien Stewart, senior advisor for education, Asia Society 

  • Rachel Hise, principal policy analyst, Maryland Department of Legislative Services 

Tony facilitates a panel with three invited experts. Scott will discuss how BC:  

  • Sets clear, system-wide goals informed by international benchmarking 

  • Provides incentives and supports for all actors to do their best work, within a coherent framework for quality 

  • Is adapting its governance system to future challenges, including promoting accountability at all levels of the system, vertically and horizontally 

Rachel will discuss how Maryland learned from the lessons of high performers like BC and others to develop its own coherent and aligned governance structure.  

Vivien will serve as a respondent. Participants have time for clarifying questions. 

5:15-5:25 p.m. 

Break 

5:25-6:25 p.m. 

Breakout Groups: Addressing Challenges to Your States’ Context  

In the first half-hour, participants will reflect on the following:   

  • Do you have any clarifying questions you did not get a chance to ask the experts in the full group? 

  • What challenges do you see in your state context in making your governance more coherent and aligned? 

In the second half-hour, participants will reflect on the following:  

  • What opportunities might be in your state to begin making roles and responsibilities clear, developing incentives to support goals, and building a better accountability system? 

  • What additional resources would be helpful in educating others in your state on this topic? 

  • What is one strategy your state could pursue or do more to design a more effective system of governance in your state?  

Experts will serve as respondents to the discussion and offer feedback and advice to what they are hearing.  

6:25-6:50 p.m.

Report Out and Reflection 

Michelle asks groups to reflect on the following question:  

What are specific takeaways for coherent and aligned governance that states in this cohort could agree to bring back to their states, based on the state and international systems with very different political arrangements we heard from today?  

6:50-7:00 p.m. 

Next Steps 

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

Jurisdiction Study Group Materials

British Columbia

Estonia
Finland
Singapore

Meeting 6: Jan. 29, 2021

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Discuss Findings of Country Research Groups 

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Participants will share their findings from the past six weeks of studying their assigned jurisdiction, focusing on implications from the study on their work as legislators/staff 
  • Participants will receive feedback on their findings from policymakers in the given jurisdictions 
  • Participants will reflect on how the discussions will inform their work in the new legislative session  

 

Friday, Jan. 29

4 – 4:10 pm ET   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 
  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE  

Tony introduces experts:  

  • Dr. Eve Eisenschmidt, professor of educational leadership, Tallinn University 
  • Dr. Kristiina Kumpulainen, professor of education, University of Helsinki  
  • Keith Godin, assistant deputy minister of education, British Columbia 
  • Dr. Chew Leng Poon, divisional director, research and management information, Singapore Ministry of Education 

4:10 – 4:35 pm ET 

Presentation: Estonia 

Estonia group presents their findings.  

Eve Eisenschmidt responds. 

4:35 – 5:00 pm ET 

Presentation: British Columbia 

BC group presents their findings. 

Keith Godin responds. 

5:00 - 5:25 pm ET  

Presentation: Finland 

Finland group presents their findings.  

Kristiina Kumpulainen responds.  

5:25 – 5:50 pm ET  

Presentation: Singapore 

Singapore group presents their findings.  

Dr. Chew Leng Poon responds.  

5:50 – 6:00 pm ET 

Break 

6:00 – 6:40 pm ET 

Breakout Groups:  

Groups breakout into four groups. Each group will contain a mix of participants from each of the research groups. 

The groups will be asked to consider the following questions:  

  • What key feature(s) were common across the jurisdictions?  
  • What are the implications for U.S. states? What are things you heard in all the presentations that might be adapted immediately? Adapted over time?  
  • Based on what you heard today, what do you still want to know more about, and how can we help you as you enter into the current legislative session?   

6:40 – 6:55 pm ET 

Report Out and Reflection 

Tony asks full group to come together and reflect on the following question:  

  • How will your learning from the process of conducting this study and hearing from one another inform you as you move into your upcoming legislative session?  

6:55 – 7:00 pm ET 

Next Steps 

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

 

Meeting 7: Feb. 26, 2021

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Anticipating the Future of Work & Preparing Students for Jobs Today and in the Future

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how other jurisdictions are anticipating the future of work, including in the current COVID context, and how they are building basic school academic curriculum, systems of career and technical education, work-based learning, and life-long learning systems that will prepare students both for in demand jobs today and for tomorrow. 
  • Participants will hear from US state legislators and other stakeholders (business, coordinating agencies) about how they have learned from these approaches and are beginning to redesign their own systems to meet these challenges, including reflecting on their successes and lessons learned. 
  • Participants conduct collaboratively planning/reflection in small groups for what they could accomplish legislatively. 
Friday, Feb. 26

4 – 4:10 pm ET   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 
  • Anthony Mackay, president and CEO, NCEE 

4:10 – 4:45 pm ET 

Discussion of How High Performing Systems are Anticipating the Future of Work and Preparing Students to Meet It 

  • Anthony Mackay 
  • Robert Schwartz 
  • Gretchen Cheney 

4:45 – 5:15 pm ET 

Breakout Groups 

How are you thinking about the future of work right now? Are people talking about these issues in the same way in your state? 

How are the strategies you heard different from how your state is currently thinking about workforce development?  

What’s already in place in your state that you can build on? What are your challenges?  

5:15 – 5:25 pm ET  

Break 

5:25 – 6:45 pm ET  

U.S. Approaches to Implementing CTE 

Participants will break into three breakout groups. Each breakout group will have the opportunity to hear from one of three expert stakeholders for 25 minutes each.  

Stakeholders will represent legislatures, business, and education advocates in the workforce development space. 

6:45 – 6:55 pm ET 

Report Out and Reflection 

Jason asks full group to come together and reflect:  

  • What opportunities for anticipating the future of work and promoting a workforce equipped for lifelong learning have you identified as a result of this session? 

Michelle, Gretchen, and Dale to deliver any closing reflections. 

6:55 – 7:00 pm ET 

Next Steps 

Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting slideshows available for download:

Meeting 8: March 26, 2021

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Recruiting and Developing the Teaching Profession

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Participants will hear about how the pandemic has pushed high performing systems to think differently about the teaching profession and hear about concrete policy strategies for recruitment, preparation and development that are accelerating in the wake of the pandemic 
  • Selected participants will reflect on their own efforts to reshape teacher development systems in their states, including how this international study and the challenges of the pandemic have shaped their latest thinking. 
  • Selected participants will respond to their peers, giving advice and comparing efforts to similar efforts in their own states. 

4 – 4:10 pm ET   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

4:10 – 4:35 pm ET 

Discussion of How High Performing Systems are Rethinking Teacher Development

  • Nathan Driskell, associate director, policy analysis & development, NCEE

Nathan delivers a stimulus to the discussion to follow:  

  • How has the pandemic given high performing systems an opportunity to rethink assumptions around the teaching profession? 

  • How are they thinking differently about the nature of teaching and learning environments, the roles of teachers and the skills teachers need to play those roles?  

  • What concrete policies around recruitment, preparation, and development are necessary enabling conditions to realizing this teaching profession?

4:35 – 5:25 pm ET 

Discussion of Promising Initial Work to Create Stronger Teacher Preparation and Development Systems  

Two participants will serve as discussants. Each will share: 

  • How has your state tried to use legislative strategies to create stronger teacher recruitment pipelines, preparation systems, and/or ongoing development systems?  

  • What challenges have you encountered?  

  • How have you tried to measure whether your intended policy outcomes are being experienced?  

  • How has this work on high-performing education systems pushed you to think more systemically about your approach?  

  • Do Nathan’s comments resonate with you? How has the pandemic changed your thinking on the role of teachers and teaching?  

After each discussant shares, one legislator/staff will serve as a respondent, discussing:  

  • What about the discussant’s comments resonated with you as you attempt to tackle this work in your own state?  

  • What advice would you give the discussant on their efforts, based on your own work in this area?  

  • How has this conversation pushed you to think differently about your own approach?  

One participant will serve as a rapporteur, drawing out themes from each conversation, and facilitating large group Q&A at the close. 

5:25 – 5:30 pm ET  

Next Steps 

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL 

Meeting 9: June 7, 2021

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Creating More Systemic Early Learning Policy

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Participants will hear about the findings of The Early Advantage, a seminal study of early learning systems in six high-performing education systems funded by NCEE.  
  • Participants will reflect on the opportunities presented by recent federal funding for COVID-19 recovery to move beyond expanding early learning services and address critical issues of quality: workforce development, coordination of funding streams, data collection, governance, and integration with K-12.  
  • Legislators will reflect on their successes and challenges in developing high-quality infrastructure to maximize the quality of their early childhood education and care offerings and receive feedback on their efforts.  
  • Participants will reflect on where the group has gone and where they are going.

4 – 4:10 pm ET   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL
  • Jackie Kraemer, director, policy analysis & development, NCEE

4:10 – 4:55 pm ET 

The Early Advantage: Moving Beyond 'Mission Accomplished'

Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan and Caitlin Dermody will describe their research, focusing on the systemic design of school readiness and early learning policy. They reflect on how the US can go far beyond expanding slots for care and Pre-K to think systemically.  

 

They will also explore how recent funding windfalls for COVID-19 recovery present opportunities to invest in improving the quality of early learning. They will identify where specific opportunities exist to capitalize on the funding to address systemic issues in developing a strong infrastructure for early learning like workforce development, data collection, governance and accountability.  

4:55 – 5:10 pm ET 

Large Group Q&A

5:10 – 5:40 pm ET  

Discussion: How States that Have Been Successful in Expanding Services Can Take a More Systemic Approach

Two states will share their successes in expanding early learning and care, but also reflect on the systemic challenge just put forward. They will describe particular elements of the infrastructure they are focusing on and barriers and challenges they anticipate. Dr. Kagan will ask questions and give feedback. 

5:40 – 6 pm ET 

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going

Michelle Exstrom, Anthony Mackay, and Lee Posey will facilitate a closing reflection.  

Meeting 10: July 19, 2021

2020-2021 Cohort Meeting: Learning from High-Performing Systems to Clarify the Goals & Purposes of Large-Scale Assessment 

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Legislators will learn about how high-performing systems approach large scale assessment systems. 
  • Legislators will discuss their state’s own goals for administering assessment, whether the assessments they administer and the way in which they administer them are actually achieving these goals, and what they can do to better align their assessment systems with the goals they want to achieve.  
  • Legislators will hear reflections from a national expert on how they can better use assessment systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

4:30 – 4:35 pm ET   

Introduction and Overview of Agenda  

  • Michelle Exstrom, education group director, NCSL

4:35 – 5:10 pm ET 

Reimagining Standardized Testing in the US: A View from High Performing Systems 

  • Introduction and framing from Stephen Pruitt, president, SREB 

  • Remarks from Jason Dougal, president and COO, NCEE 

  • Closing reflection from Anthony Mackay, CEO, NCEE

5:10 – 6 pm ET 

Feedback from National Expert Scott Marion 

  • Introduction: Stephen Pruitt 

  • Remarks from Scott Marion, executive director, Center for Assessment 

  • Two legislators reflect on the landscape of assessment in their state, their challenges, and where they’d like advice 

  • Scott Marion offers reflections and feedback 

6 – 6:25 pm ET  

Large Group Discussion  

  • Michelle Exstrom, facilitator 

6:25 – 6:30 pm ET 

Closing Reflections and Next Steps 

  • Anthony Mackay, Stephen Pruitt, and Michelle Exstrom

Meeting 11: August 25, 2021

Coming soon.

Meeting 12: October 14, 2021

Coming soon.

Meeting 13

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Meeting 14

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Meeting 15

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