The 2015 theme, Next-Generation Assessment, intends to frame assessment in terms of its ability to meet the needs and achieve the goals of all stakeholders: empowering students with awareness of their strengths and areas for development; giving educators additional diagnostic information and tools to adapt their instruction; and providing administrators, testing organizations, policy makers, and community members with rigorous data on outcomes that can be used to improve educational programs. Through the sharing of best practices and emerging trends, the goal is to begin a solutions-oriented dialogue on the next generation of innovations in assessment by acknowledging the interplay among a variety of factors related to language, learning, and culture.
Dr. Robert Mislevy, Educational Testing Services and the University of Maryland
Dr. Margaret Malone, Center for Applied Linguistics
Dr. Paula Winke, Michigan State University