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Sept. 20, 2005

Register By Oct. 7 For 'Challenges In Educational Testing' Conference

ACT and the University of Iowa Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) are sponsoring a one-day conference Saturday, Nov. 5, on the subject of "Current Challenges in Educational Testing."

The conference will be held in ACT's new conference facilities. For registration and other details, visit

Laura Schwalm, superintendent of Garden Grove Unified School District in Orange County, Calif., and winner of the 2004 Broad Prize for Urban Education, will give the keynote address. Other talks and speakers scheduled during the event include:

* "K-12 Testing and No Child Left Behind." Robert Linn, University of Colorado and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST); and Kerri Briggs, senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Education.

* "Computerized Grading of Essays." Yigal Attali, Educational Testing Service; Lynn Streeter, Pearson Knowledge Technologies; Cathy Mikulas, Vantage Learning; and Mark Shermis, Florida International University.

* "Non-cognitive Assessment in College Admissions and the Workforce." Robert Sternberg, Yale University; Michael Campion, Purdue University; and Paul Sackett, University of Minnesota.

* "NAEP 12th Grade Testing." Sharif Shakrani, National Assessment Governing Board; and Ted Stilwill, director of the Learning for the Environmental Project and former director of the Iowa Department of Education.

The conference will also include a panel discussion on hot topics in educational measurement. Participants will include Douglas Becker, ACT; Wayne Camara, College Board; William Gorth, National Evaluation Systems; Lee Jones, Riverside

Publishing Company; Stuart Kahl, Measured Progress; Neal Kingston, CTB/McGraw Hill; Stephen Koffler, Educational Testing Service; John Olson, Harcourt Assessment; and Jon Twing, Pearson Educational Measurement.

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

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. The Iowa Testing Programs, started in 1928 by E.F. Lindquist, is the developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test of Educational Development. So well known are the tests and the program that educators often simply refer to "the Iowa Tests" when discussing educational measurement. There are other important testing activities, as well, in the College of Education, and just about every major testing company is populated by graduates from the College of Education.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Robert Brennan, CASMA director, 319-335-5405,