Expanding Our Understanding of the NGSS and Assessment
Saturday, April 27, 2013
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel, Cary
The NCSLA Spring Membership Meeting highlighted implementation and assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards. First, Dr. Angela Quick, Deputy Chief Academic Officer at the NC Department of Public Instruction, highlighted details of the national NGSS implementation meeting held in California in February. With her expert knowledge of stakeholders in NC, we learned how best to prepare our respective educators for the new standards.
Following this presentation, Dr. Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability at DPI, shared insights on science assessment related to NGSS in her presentation entitled, "Measuring Science: EOGs, EOCs, and MSLs." Members in attendance were shown EOG- and EOC-constructed responses, scoring results of fall testing, and teacher feedback about those tests. Table groups discussed and worked through some of the new Measures of Student Learning.
Dr. Angela Hinson Quick
Dr. Quick was one of the first North Carolina Teaching Fellows and has served as a high school principal and a biology teacher. She has experience in school districts in North and South Carolina and in Georgia. Dr. Quick was honored twice as a Teacher of the Year and as the Watauga County Schools' (North Carolina) Principal of the Year in 2007. Dr. Quick has served on numerous science, math, and engineering education advisory boards. She is currently the Deputy Chief Academic Officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, with a B.S. from Appalachian State University, an M.S. from the University of South Carolina, and an Ed.D. from Cambridge College in Boston. In her position, she not only works with North Carolina's K-12 academic programs that include standards, assessments and accountability metrics, she oversees the design and development of the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) and is also works with North Carolina's successful Race to the Top (RttT) Grant program.
Dr. Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Services
Dr. Tammy Howard is the Director of Accountability Services at the Department of Public Instruction. In her 13 years of experience in accountability, Dr. Howard has managed and developed projects in test development, testing policy, and testing logistics and operations in North Carolina and as the Director of Operations for state projects for the American Institutes for Research. Her education experience includes four years as a middle school English language arts and social studies teacher.