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The Critical Role of Assessment in Our “New Normal”

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The Critical Role of Assessment in Our “New Normal”

Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance®; and Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design, Renaissance®

Sponsored by Renaissance®

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This school year, it’s not uncommon for educators to have more questions than answers. How are this fall’s students performing in comparison to previous cohorts? How substantial is the “COVID Slide”? Are equity gaps widening? How do remote- and hybrid-learning environments impact assessment and instruction?

In this edWebinar for educators and leaders, Dr. Gene Kerns and Dr. Katie McClarty answer these questions, using data-based insights to cut through the confusion around our “new normal” in K–12 education. Topics include:

  • What the data shows us about the impact of last spring’s school closures
  • Whether remote testing provides trustworthy results
  • What we know about the “COVID Slide”—and what we’re investigating in a forthcoming research study
  • How to better provide equitable access to learning opportunities for all students
  • What mistake districts often make with their data—and how to avoid this

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.


Gene KernsAbout the Presenters

Gene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise (Teachers College Press, 2017).


Katie McClartyKatie McClarty, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research and Design at Renaissance. She is the former Chief Assessment Officer at Questar and co-editor of the book Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice (Routledge, 2017).


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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