A symposium hosted by the LCU School of Education provided opportunity for exploration and discussion about standardized testing alternatives and assessment research.
The topic of conversation for the K-12 administrators and lead teachers at this symposium included standardized testing practices and alternative means of assessments that go beyond those methods.
John Tanner, founder of Test Sense and author of Pitfalls of Reform, provided the keynote session, discussing student success in terms of more than just testing practices, as well as community-based accountability. Tanner is also currently working with the Texas Education Agency on the “Next Generation Assessment” initiative to look at possible alternatives to the rigid standardized testing the state currently has in place.
With regional educators and representatives from all of Lubbock’s schools gathering at LCU campus for the event, the symposium was a key resource for growing the standard of education for the South Plains.
Dr. Gene Sheets, associate professor and coordinator for the superintendent certification program for the LCU School of Education said, “The Symposium offers an opportunity for educators to explore possible alternatives to the present high-stakes accountability system. We discussed real assessment with John Tanner, who is the person leading the current initiative to create the next generation assessment for the state.”