ADVISORY: White House to Host Convening on Creating Better, Fairer, and Fewer Tests

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WASHINGTON, DC – Last October, President Obama announced his Testing Action Plan, asking the U.S. Department of Education to work aggressively with states and school districts to reduce the burden of unnecessary and low-quality tests, and to ensure all tests students are taking are worthwhile and time-limited.

On Wednesday, December 7, the White House will bring state and district leaders together with educators, parents, technologists, developers and philanthropic leaders to discuss the impact of the Testing Action Plan and what more can be done to ensure that tests are better, fairer, and fewer. The event will feature remarks from Secretary of Education John King, remarks from an educator, and a panel discussion with researchers on improving assessment.

WHAT: White House Convening on Creating Better, Fairer, and Fewer Tests

EVENT: Wednesday, December 7, 9:00AM – 10:30 AM

LIVESTREAM: This event will be livestreamed on

AGENDA: The event agenda follows.

9:00 AM OpeningRemarks

  • Dr. John King | Secretary | U.S. Department of Education

9:15 AM Remarks by an Educator

  • Farida Mama | Principal in Residence | UP Education Network

9:25 AM Panel Discussion on Better, Fairer and Fewer Assessments

  • Moderator: Gene Wilhoit | Director | National Center for Innovation in Education
  • Joanna Gorin | Vice President of Research | Educational Testing Service
  • Martha Thurlow | Executive Director | National Center of Educational Outcomes
  • Zoran Popović | Professor | University of Washington
  • Niket Mull | Deputy Senior Executive Director, Policy & Evaluation | New York City Department of Education