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Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities

Monday February 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Online Assessments

Presented by Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, VA; Glenn Robbins, Superintendent of Tabernacle Township School District, NJ; and Dr. Donna Wright, Director of Schools, Wilson County Schools, TN
Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program
Sponsored by ClassLink
This edWebinar series is co-hosted by CoSN and edWeb.net



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Over the past several years most school districts have been compelled to implement online summative assessments. The challenges involved proved to be far more extensive than simply adding technology. The move to digital assessments has ushered in significant impacts on teaching and learning. Technology has rapidly emerged as an essential tool for planning, creating, delivering, and evaluating successful instruction. Today, online assessments are becoming standard and are used regularly, not only for summative or high stakes assessments, but also for ongoing formative measures of learning as well.

Join in this edWebinar conversation as two school superintendents and one state superintendent of public instruction share how they are leading the drives to leverage the capabilities of online assessment as well as grow the capacities for online assessment within school environments. Nine specific recommendations for planning and implementing effective online assessment infrastructure and programs will be reviewed. These recommendations help to ensure that the broader education community of students, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members will continue to benefit from the value of online assessments.

This session is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

James LaneAbout the Presenters

In June 2018, Dr. James Lane was appointed Virginia’s 25th superintendent of public instruction by Governor Ralph S. Northam. As state superintendent, Dr. Lane serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education. He also serves as secretary of the state Board of Education. Prior to his appointment as Virginia’s chief school officer, Dr. Lane was a division superintendent in Chesterfield County, Goochland County and Middlesex County. He was recognized as the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year for his leadership in Goochland County. Dr. Lane was one of 100 superintendents selected to attend the 2014 ConnectEd Superintendents Summit at the White House in recognition of his leadership in the use of instructional technology by his schools. In 2015, the national Data Quality Campaign awarded its Flashlight award to Goochland County in recognition of the division’s achievements under Dr. Lane’s leadership in using data to empower educators and communicate with parents and the public.


Glenn RobbinsGlenn Robbins is Superintendent of Tabernacle Township School District in New Jersey. His passion is harnessing a school culture that thrives on design thinking skills, innovative digital spaces, high caliber professional development, exponential thinking, BYOD/1to1, and makerspaces. Glenn encourages all students to have a voice, not only in building a school culture, but also in designing student led courses. He was named as a Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP for exhibiting bold, creative leadership in his drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals for staff, students, and the school community. Glenn has been recognized by numerous organizations for his innovative technology implementation methods and has been a featured speaker at numerous events across the globe. By empowering students and staff to have a growth mindset through design thinking, while implementing digital tools, we better prepare them for the profound shifts that they will encounter in life.

Donna WrightDr. Donna Wright began serving as Director of Schools for Wilson County Schools, TN in 2014. Under her guidance, district-wide academic performance has significantly improved; the district is undergoing the largest school building program in the history of the county; a concentrated emphasis on early literacy instruction is a focal point; and college and career readiness is a hallmark in middle and high schools. She has worked in public school education, K-12 and higher ed, for over 36 years. Dr. Wright holds a doctorate in leadership studies from the University of Tennessee, has earned several awards, including the Women of Achievement Award and the UT Educators Hall of Honor Award, has authored several articles in educational publications, and continues to serve as an adjunct professor at various institutions of higher learning.

About the Host

Ann McMullan is a 34-year veteran educator who served as the executive director for educational technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the team in Klein ISD that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators serving over 50,000 students. During that time Ann also co-chaired the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Education Agency’s Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020.

Today, she is based in Los Angeles, California working as a public speaker, writer, and independent education consultant focused on supporting leadership, visioning and planning to meet the needs of today’s students. She is a frequent presenter at state, national and international education conferences. Ann serves as project director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Program. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. In the fall of 2016 Ann co-authored and published Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby.


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