CIC Speakers Talk High-Stakes Testing, Role of Federal & State Government in Education

The 2015 Content in Context (CIC) conference, Development & Delivery for Digital Learners, offers expert insights from industry leaders, researchers, and educators. Get a sneak peak of these thought leaders and their perspectives on the current state of education.

Part one of the series focuses on general session speakers. Visit theCIC website for more information and to register.

Keynote Speaker

Jordan Shapiro, Digital Learning Coordinator, Intellectual Heritage Department, Temple University

On high-stakes testing in schools: “The thing concerns me more than the tests themselves, however, is the way of thinking that tests represent. They perpetuate and reinforce a fractured conception of children that permeates school culture. Our school system has become so individualistic that children can’t help but develop a divided view of the world. They learn that knowledge, wisdom, and skills exist for personal gain rather than to enable them to contribute to regional, national, and global societies.”

“More Testing Is The Rational Solution For Schools. That’s The Problem.” by Jordan Shapiro, (March 19, 2015)


Is School Reform Dead?

Dr. Russ Whitehurst, Former Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

On the state of reading in America’s schools: “It’s a mixed picture. Students in America’s schools, in public schools at the top of the dimension in performance read as well or better than students any place else in the world. But we have a tremendous variation in student achievement in reading. As you know, we have from thirty-eight to forty percent of children not reading at the basic level at fourth grade. That means they are unable to deal with age appropriate written text and understand the text or make reasonable inferences from what they’ve read in the text…So, while in some sense we’re doing well in reading and some of our students read very well, I think it’s simply intolerable that so many children have not got it by fourth grade and all of the negative consequences that flow from that really are a national crisis, something that has to be addressed by the federal government. “

“Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst – Evidence Based Education Science and the Challenge of Learning to Read,” by David Boulton, Children of the Code

Common Core Conundrum
2015 State of Play: State and Federal Policy Trends Impacting Your Business

Jay Diskey, Executive Director, AAP PreK-12 Learning Group

Jay is quoted often in a range of articles on the education market, state funding, and educational standards. Recent articles include:


Common Core Conundrum

Dr. Morgan Polikoff, Rossier School of Education, USC

On the needing to expand the definition of alignment in the research community: “Since there is no accepted definition of alignment in the research community, though, there are concerns with the growing number of groups putting forth alignment reviews. With no consistent methodologies there could be confusion in the marketplace as to what constitutes alignment. Alignment as a word has become meaningless, said Polikoff. Publishers, educators, and researchers need to have a conversation that expands the definition of alignment to include quality content, coherence, and efficacy.”

“Alignment of Correlation with State Standards: What is the Goal?”Educational Publishing, AAP PreK-12 Learning Group (September 18, 2014)


Edtech Reality Check

S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

On federal and state roles in education: “The federal role is pivotal, it’s very vital for making sure that ed policy is really set for our nation, but it should be limited in its role. Meaning that states should have the flexibility to make they are holding districts accountable. The real true work happens at the local level so that we are not scaling back those innovation efforts that are happening at the local level that we actually go back and revisit the number of assessments that we are giving young people…”

Rethinking Accountability: Dallas Dance,” StandfordSCOPE (July 2, 2014)

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