President's Education Forum
Why is a Simple Concept so Complex?
May 7, 2013
Education Policy Fellows are invited to attend the final presentation in the 2012-2013 series of Michigan State University President's Education Forums sponsored by Lou Anna Simon, President, and the College of Education. These forums focus on topics identified by public policy leaders as important to making informed decisions. In previous years, participants have found the forums to be of significant value to their work.
The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel, located at 111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing. A buffet lunch will begin at 11:15 a.m. The program will start at 12:00 p.m. and will adjourn promptly at 1:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be Mark D. Reckase, University Distinguished Professor of Measurement and Quantitative Methods. Dr. Reckase’s presentation, “Teacher Evaluation: Why is a Simple Concept so Complex?” will show why teacher evaluation is a complex undertaking. Dr. Reckase will offer recommendations for how teacher evaluation can be done in a way that is both fair and credible.
Mark Reckase, University Distinguished Professor of Measurement and Quantitative Measures at Michigan State University.
About the presentation and presenter:
It is a very reasonable expectation that children in the educational system of the state of Michigan will be guided in their education by high quality teachers. It is also a reasonable expectation that teachers be evaluated on the quality of the outcomes of their interactions with students with specific emphasis on student learning. On the surface, an evaluation process based on these expectations seems very simple, but the reality is that it is very complex. Dr. Reckase will present information that shows why teacher evaluation is a complex undertaking. He will give some recommendations for how teacher evaluation can be done in a way that is both fair and credible.
Mark D. Reckase received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters and Ph.D. from Syracuse University in psychological tests and measurement. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University, he was the Vice President for Assessment Innovations at ACT Inc. in Iowa City. He has served as the president of the National Council on Measurement in Education and as the Vice President of Division D of the American Educational Research Association. He is also on advisory committees for various state and federal agencies that are responsible for educational testing.