Assessment Literacy Dine and Discuss

Hi all,

I am attaching the text of an email that contains an interesting PD opportunity.  These dine and discuss events are usually very good, free and dinner is also provided.  Sign up below if this looks like something you might be interested in.

Greetings Southern Maine Educational Leaders:

On behalf of Southern Maine Partnership, I am pleased to announce and extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to join us for our February 25th Dine and Discuss event at the 7th floor Glickman Library events room on the Portland campus of USM from 4:00-6:30. 

What do proficiency-based diplomas, educator effectiveness and standardized testing (data) have in common? Assessment literacy! We think we know it, but when pressed to defend our assessments we may not be up to the task. Assessment literacy is an area of understanding and a skill set that, if done well, will help strengthen both the design and implementation of local assessments for teachers, and build the confidence of teachers and students to be successful learners. A deep understanding of assessment literacy is necessary for students, teachers and administrators to thrive in a proficiency-based school system and a teacher evaluation system based at least in part on student growth models. Presenters at this dine and discuss will provide a definition of keys of high quality assessment based on Rick Stiggins and Jan Chappuis’ work in Classroom Assessment for Student Learning (2012).

There will be specific recommendations for how these standards of quality can be used at the classroom level by teachers and students, and at the school and district level by administrators to design and evaluate the quality of assessments, using validity, reliability, trustworthiness and credibility of assessments as criteria for these judgments. Those attending will walk away with examples of tools, processes, strategies, organizational structures surveys, and protocols that add value to an assessment system for students, teachers, administrators and community members.

Our presenters will include an orientation to assessment literacy by Jan Chappuis, who will join us by video conference screen share. We are incredibly excited about Jan’s presence at this event – what an incredible opportunity! Presentations will follow by Anita Stewart McCafferty, co-director of the Southern Maine Partnership and Educational Leadership faculty, Jeff Beaudry, Educational Leadership faculty, and Southern Maine Partnership co-director, Patrick Phillips.

Please register for this Dine and Discuss event using the following link:

Please distribute this to others within your district that you think may be interested in attending.

Anita Stewart McCafferty

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, USM

Co-Director Southern Maine Partnership


Twitter: AnitaStewartMcC  #assessmentliteracy


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