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Education Policy Fellowship Program

State Assessment Systems

March 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 15:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: We will take a look at the impact and changes in state assessment practices, historically, and as we are evolving toward on-line opportunities for assessment.  


We will explore how the policy around "Statewide Assessment" has evolved over time, and the mechanisms utilized for a statewide endeavor. The Assessment portion will focus on giving schools the knowledge, skills, and resources to help teachers effectively use the data from assessments to inform classroom instruction and help support student learning. Resources will be investigated to support formative assessment practices, balanced assessment systems, and management of ongoing assessments within a school or classroom. We will also discuss the resources and professional development that can help to build capacity for online assessment in K-12 classroom and students.




1:00PM - 1:15PM Introduction
1:15PM - 2:00PM  Ed Roeber
2:00PM – 2:15PM: Questions about the history of Michigan's State Assessment System
2:15PM – 3:15PM:   What do student assessment look like? What is computer adapted?
3:15PM – 4:00PM: Bruce Umpstead 
4:00PM – 4:15PM: Resources for Schools and Educators
4:15PM – 4:30PM: Questions and Wrap-up

Speaker Biographies

Ed Roeber

Before these activities began, Dr. Roeber was an adjunct Professor, Measurement and Quantitative Methods, in the Michigan State University College of Education, East Lansing, MI from 2007 to 2012. In this capacity, he taught courses on educational measurement, worked to improve the assessment skills of prospective and current educators, conducted research on how teachers learn to use formative assessment strategies, and provided additional support for faculty and students on assessment.


Previously, he was Senior Executive Director, Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability in the Michigan Department of Education from 2003 to 2007. He oversaw the assessments of general education students (in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies), students with disabilities and English language learners, as well as the accreditation and accountability programs.


Bruce Umpstead

Bruce has taken a new position as director of strategic partnerships with BrightBytes, the leading data analytics platform in K12 education. Before joining BrightBytes, Bruce served seven years as Michigan’s State Education Technology Director where he provided functional leadership for implementing a comprehensive "educational technology as strategy" for improving K12 student outcomes and educator performance. He holds a B.A. in public administration and a M.B.A. in finance from Michigan State University. Bruce lives in DeWitt, Michigan with his wife Gina and two school age daughters.


Learning Team Members:

Tim Davis

Lisa Lockman

Stephanie Willingham

Marianne Srock 


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