The Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI), the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE), edCount, and Renaissance Learning are presenting the Instructional Sensitivity Conference from November 13-15 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

When tests are instructionally sensitive, higher scores can be interpreted as indicators of greater learning due to better teaching. Conversely, lower scores represent less learning due to poorer teaching. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that large-scale assessments lack the levels of instructional sensitivity needed for valid and trustworthy accountability decisions at the classroom, school, district, state, and national levels. If so, this would pose serious problems for a variety of initiatives, including state waivers, common-core assessments, and teacher evaluation systems. The ultimate goal of the First International Conference on Instructional Sensitivity is to create a critical mass of interest and concern for the issue of instructional sensitivity.

The conference will feature noted experts, authorities, and personalities addressing research related to instructional sensitivity and issues from multiple perspectives. The presentations, discussions, and debates will interest not only researchers but also publishers, practitioners, and policymakers.

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To register, click here. Please note: registration for this conference closes on November 1, 2013.