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Release: March 10, 1999

 

Institute for School Executives to sponsor assessment seminar for educators April 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Institute for School Executives will sponsor a seminar on assessment for educators April 9.

The seminar is from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The registration fee is $30 for members and $50 for non-members. The price includes lunch.

Three presentations will be given, each focusing on a different aspect of student assessment.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills director and University of Iowa professor H.D. Hoover will discuss how standardized tests can be used to ensure that standards established for different content areas do not lead to an unfair reallocation of resources to these areas.

UI professor and Iowa Tests of Education development director Bob Forsyth will discuss some of the problems school districts may encounter when attempting to set performance standards, a growing issue as the Iowa Department of Education encourages Iowa schools to implement district-wide, standards-referenced assessment systems.

Following lunch, Tom Saterfiel, senior vice president of workforce and professional services at ACT Inc., will discuss the company's Work Keys system, which identifies certain skills needed by students to enter the work force and ways in which educators can help students develop skills they are lacking.

Superintendents are encouraged to invite school board members and principals to the event. Department of Education Renewal Units (DERU) credit is offered by calling the ISE office, and the registration deadline for this seminar is April 1.

To enroll, contact ISE director George A. Chambers or secretary Mary Schmidt at (319) 335-5350.