NCME 2017 Special Conference

Classroom Assessment and Large-Scale Psychometrics: The Twain Shall Meet

Sept. 12–14, 2017  •  University of Kansas  •  Lawrence, Kan.

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From September 12–14, 2017, the National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME) held a conference on the confluence of classroom assessment and large-scale psychometrics and related disciplines. Historically, different assessment perspectives regarding classroom assessment have operated in isolation. The purpose of this conference was to bring together the many voices and perspectives of experts and practitioners of assessment in order to improve student learning.

The conference featured a variety of sessions centered around topics ranging from accessibility and equity to various uses of assessment and approaches to data gathering, analysis, and reporting methods.

Opening Keynote

To kick off the conference, Margaret Heritage and Neal Kingston discussed commonalities and differences between classroom assessment and large-scale psychometrics, whether the twain should meet, what impediments or concerns exist, and whether they expect the status quo will change at all in the near future.

Closing Plenary

In the conference’s closing session, host Neal Kingston asks a panel of three distinguished experts to reflect on the conference topic and on the conference itself. Panelists were Derek Briggs, Margaret Heritage and Pamela Paek.


The NCME 2017 Special Conference was made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors. Sponsors were provided the opportunity to advertise their organizations at the conference in exchange for their donations.

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