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February 15, 2013

From: ETS on behalf of the Gordon Commission

Subject: Invitation to attend the release of the reports of The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education

You are invited to the release of the reports of the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education. The Gordon Commission will release its public policy and technical reports.

When: Monday, March 11, 2013  1–3 p.m.

Where: George Washington University

Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st St., NW

Washington, DC 20052

Reports Release (Hosted by Educational Testing Service)

Speakers: Kurt Landgraf, Educational Testing Service (ETS); James Pellegrino, University of Illinois at Chicago; Edmund W. Gordon, Chairperson of the Gordon Commission; Eva Baker, University of California, Los Angeles; Robert Mislevy, ETS; Elena Silva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Governor Robert Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education.3–3:15 p.m.Break3:15–5 p.m.Panel Discussion (Hosted by George Washington University and the National Academy of Education)

Speakers: Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University; Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences; and Robert Linn, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Register here to attend this event.

Assessments have become a major driver for education policy and practice in the United States. The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education invites you to the release of two reports that critique and support this trend, while also discussing the possibilities for expanding the purpose of educational assessments to inform, improve and model teaching and learning processes and outcomes.

Reporting on work conducted over the past two years, the Commission is calling attention to the rich but problematic history of educational assessments and advocates that future efforts be directed at assessment for education. The event will open with remarks from Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS). James Pellegrino, Co-chair of the Commission, will present the public policy report and Edmund W. Gordon, Chairperson of the Commission, will present the technical report. The presentations will be followed by discussion between Commission members Eva Baker, UCLA; Robert Mislevy, ETS; and Elena Silva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Commission member Governor Robert Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education, will present the closing remarks.

The report release session will be followed by a symposium organized and hosted by George Washington University and the National Academy of Education (NAEd) at which several members of the Academy will present their comments and critiques about the Gordon Commission reports. The session will include NAEd’s President-Elect Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences; and Robert Linn, University of Colorado at Boulder, as discussants; and Susan Fuhrman, President of the NAEd and Teachers College, Columbia University, as moderator.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Elizabeth Kingsley at ekingsley@ets.org or 1-202-659-8060.

Thank you,

Edmund W. Gordon

Chairperson, Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education

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