Senior Department Officials to Discuss Technology, Innovation in the Classroom at CCSSO'S National Conference on Student Assessment

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The U.S. Department of Education's Director of the Office of Educational Technology Karen Cator and Assistant Deputy for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton will be principal presenters on technology, innovation, and providing creative support to help meet the educational challenges of the 21st century during the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) in Orlando on Monday, June 20. Cator and Shelton will serve as panelists in two different sessions on innovation in the classroom and helping students adapt to emerging technologies.

The NCSA, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), is the premiere forum for assessment practitioners to discuss what is happening in the real world of educational assessment—what's new, what's going on at the state and federal level, what works and what does not. The NCSA is centered on the idea that each student—regardless of his or her circumstance—should be prepared for life, meaningful work, and citizenship. Through transforming student assessment systems, NCSA's is dedicated to creating a personalized system of education that engages and motivates students to succeed in a world that is increasingly diverse, globalized, and technology-rich.

Since 1971, NCSA has been the trusted forum for assessment practitioners to learn and reflect upon current and emerging trends in education and educational assessments. The conference annually draws 800 to 1000 participants including federal, state, and district agencies, test publishers, educational consulting companies, university faculty, and organizations supporting technology, education, and business.