edCount staff gave presentations in six sessions over the course of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) National Conference on Student Assessment held in Los Angeles, CA, in June 2009.

The National Conference on Student Assessment is hosted annually by CCSSO and brings together stakeholders in student assessment from across the education sector. This year, the conference was attended by over 800 education professionals representing over 100 different organizations.

edCount associate Laura Kuti served as discussant and moderator for the session Defining Academic English Language, that included participants from the University of California system and the Illinois State Department of Education. edCount senior associate Dr. Sara Waring served as a presenter, discussant, and moderator in the session Coordination of Title I and Title III Programs: Implications for Assessment and Accountability Policies and Practices, in which individuals from the Tennessee, California, and United States Departments of Education also participated.

edCount president, Dr. Ellen Forte presented in four sessions – Validity Evaluation and Alternate Achievement Standards Assessment; Can English Language Proficiency Assessment Outcomes Inform Policies on Participation of ELL Students in Content-Based Assessments?; Accountability for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students; and The Next Generation of Advocacy in Education. In addition, Dr. Forte was an instructor for a full day pre-conference ‘Boot Camp’ on Reporting and Inclusion Issues in Large-Scale Assessment.