Are there compelling reasons to administer statewide academic tests? Despite a persistent chorus to the contrary – the answer is yes. State education officials know the potential benefit to student learning that these tests provide, and bold leaders around the country remain firmly committed to administering tests this year. They are planning on collecting results and using the data to inform equitable educational recovery. And they are not alone. The business community supports their efforts. Hosted by the Collaborative for Student Success in partnership with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this interactive conversation is an opportunity for business leaders, education advocates, and parents to engage with one another and work together to help make the case locally for using assessment data to guide educational recovery efforts. Participants will learn how results will be used in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi to drive decision making, discuss strategies for communicating the value of assessments in their communities, and provide feedback to business and education leaders to better inform how we talk about assessments in our schools.
Introductions: Bradley Jackson, President and CEO, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Moderator: Dale Chu, Author Assessment HQ’s Testing 1-2-3 Blog
Commissioner Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Department of Education
Secretary Johnny Key, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Superintendent Carey Wright, Ed.D., Mississippi Department of Education