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Sept. 25, 2007

Register by Oct. 5 for 'Challenges In Educational Testing' conference

ACT and the University of Iowa Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) are sponsoring the third biennial CASMA-ACT one-day conference Saturday, Nov. 3, on the subject of "Current Challenges in Educational Testing."

The conference will be held in the ACT Conference Center in Iowa City. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 5. For registration and other details, visit Registration includes lunch and a reception.

"Today education faces many important testing and measurement issues," said Robert Brennan, CASMA director and professor of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations in the UI College of Education. "This is a great opportunity to learn from nationally known speakers who will address some of the most salient issues in testing today."

UI President Sally Mason and ACT President Richard Ferguson will welcome the estimated 200 conference participants, including UI faculty and students, ACT staff, College of Education alumni, staff from testing companies around the country, faculty from across the country, and superintendents and other administrators.

Jim Popham, professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, will give the keynote address. Other talks and speakers scheduled during the event include:

-- "Higher Education Accountability": Daniel Koretz, Harvard University; Ernie Pascarella, University of Iowa; and Margaret Miller, University of Virginia.

-- "Performance Testing Simulations": Joe Crick, National Board of Medical Examiners; Dick DeVore, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and Lynn Anderson, Ophthalmology Technicians.

-- "Challenges to Testing -- Media Perspectives": Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed; Lynn Olson, Ed Week; and Stephen Sawchuk, Education Daily.

-- "Challenges to Testing -- Test Users' Perspectives": Michael Barron, University of Iowa; Doug Christensen, Nebraska Department of Education; and Casey Marks, National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The conference will also include a panel discussion on hot topics in educational measurement. Participants will include executives of testing companies.

Contributing sponsors of the conference include the College Board, CTB/McGraw Hill, Measured Progress, National Evaluation Systems, Pearson Educational Measurement and Riverside Publishing Company.

The UI College of Education established CASMA in 2002 to pursue research-based initiatives that lead to advancements in the methodology and practice of educational measurement and assessment.

The UI has long been synonymous with educational testing. CASMA is one of several centers in the College of Education that deals with testing and assessment. Every major testing company employs graduates from the College of Education.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Robert Brennan, CASMA, 319-335-5405,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,